Another positive mosquito sample for West Nile Virus shows up in Lawrence County

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- Department of Environmental Protection officials report another positive mosquito sample for West Nile Virus has show up in Lawrence County.  This week a positive sample came in from North Beaver Township. 

Samples from all counties are taken and analyzed by the DEP daily to track and identify risks for the illness and posts the information online (click here).

The DEP's West Nile Virus Program (WNVP) reported a positive mosquito sample in Lawrence County last month in Pulaski Township.

The positive sample of the virus was taken on Tuesday, July 22 in the Pulaski Township area.  Daily updates are posted on the WNVP website.

In 2000, West Nile virus appeared for the first time in Pennsylvania in birds, mosquitoes and a horse. To combat the spread of West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, Pennsylvania has developed a comprehensive network. This network, which covers 40 counties, includes trapping mosquitoes, collecting dead birds and monitoring horses, people and, in past years, sentinel chickens.

Residents are encouraged to use insect repellent to reduce contact with mosquitos that can carry West Nile.