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West Nile Virus Identified in Mosquito Pool In Chester County

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – Mosquito traps collected in Greenfield Park in West Chester Borough have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Chester County Health Department.

As part of a routine check, health department officials set up traps in various locations in the municipalities. The Health Department will continue to monitor these areas and will take the necessary actions when deemed appropriate, officials say.

According to The Health Department, the chance of contracting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito and getting seriously ill are small. However, officials recommend individuals take personal precautions to minimize the possibility of being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

This includes staying indoors at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants when outside, and using insect repellents.

Other precautions include:

  • Disposing of open containers on your property that may collect water
  • Keep your property clear of old tires or avoid areas where they might be stored
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers so water will not collect
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools when not in use
  • Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows

Officials say the heightened concern will most likely remain until mid-October. For more information about WNV, visit www.chesco.org/health or call 610-344-6455.

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