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West Nile Virus Found in Chesco Mosquito

This is the first mosquito with West Nile found in the county this year.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)
A mosquito in Chester County has tested positive for West Nile Virus, Chester County health officials said Tuesday.

The mosquito was collected June 24 from a trap in Uwchlan Township, the Chester County Health Department said. 

This is the first mosquito with West Nile found in the county this year. Mosquito traps are placed around the county as part of a routine surveillance for the virus, officials said.

"The chance of contracting WNV from an infected mosquito is small and chances of becoming seriously ill are even smaller," the County Health Department says, but recommends residents take precautionary steps, including disposing of any open containers that may collect water and treating stagnant water that cannot be drained with Bti products.

Find more steps to avoid West Nile here.
christine mcgrath July 02, 2014 at 10:34 PM
It's really strange that we test mosquitoes but not the ticks that can affect more people b/c of all the different viruses that they carry. Statistically speaking, more people and pets become ill and can go undiagnosed for years because of tick borne illnesses than infectious mosquitoes.
ROBERT J? HADLEY July 10, 2014 at 06:25 AM
Ticks are a different thing, they are all different genetically different, so testing does no good.

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