Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Chesco mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus

CHESTER COUNTY

Mosquito tests positive for West Nile

UWCHLAN TWP. A mosquito collected in Chester County has tested positive for West Nile virus, officials announced Tuesday.

The mosquito was trapped June 24 in Uwchlan Township. The finding makes Chester County the 10th county in the state to find mosquitoes carrying the virus this year. The others are Delaware, Berks, Franklin, Adams, Beaver, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Northumberland, according to the state.

Two mosquitoes have tested positive in Delaware County, one in Aldan and one in Chadds Ford, officials there said.

In a statement, Chester County officials said the chances of contracting the virus or becoming seriously ill from it are slim but urged precautions including staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active; wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants; and using insect repellents.

To minimize mosquito breeding, residents should dispose of containers that could collect water, keep their property clear of old tires, empty roof gutters, and clean out swimming pools when not in use. More information is at www.chesco.org/wnv.

- Tricia L. Nadolny

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