Monday, July 16, 2018

More Mosquitos Test Postive for West Nile Virus in Schuylkill County

On Monday, the Pennsylvania's West Nile Control Program and Department of Health announced that more mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Schuylkill County.

Last week, it was announced that mosquitos had test positive for the West Nile Virus in the city of Pottsville.

On Monday, July 16, 2018 it was announced that mosquitos have now test positive in Ringtown, Mahanoy Township, West Mahanoy Township, and Schuylkill Haven.

No humans, birds, or animals have tested positive for the virus.

Ways to Prevent the West Nile Virus

The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.

When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home - Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if you have it.

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

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