West Nile virus confirmed in Northampton County for 2019

West Nile virus confirmed in Northampton County for 2019

Citing a Monday statement by New Hanover County, news outlets report the virus was found in a mosquito trap in Wilmington.

Since July there have also been positive mosquito samples collected in Bucks County as well as in Berks and DE counties.

"Our first goal is to control and limit the presence of this invasive mosquito species", said Ed Lucchesi, the district's manager.

West Nile doesn't impact most people who are infected. In addition to potentially carrying the Zika virus, the new mosquitoes are also capable of carrying dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.

Use window and door screens and fix any holes in screens to help keep mosquitoes outside.

"While human incidence of West Nile virus is rare, it is a unsafe disease with no cure or vaccine for people, so residents should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites", Public Health Director Phillip Tarte said, according to WWAY. Eliminating these sources of stagnant water is the best method to reduce mosquito populations that can transmit West Nile Virus, the Conservation District says.

The department says 74 counties in IL past year reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird, horse, or a human case.

Checking your property for standing water and eliminating it as needed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.

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