Mosquito With West Nile Found in Bucks County

A mosquito in Morrisville Borough tested positive for West Nile in the state's most recent sampling.

A mosquito in Bucks County has tested positive for West Nile virus, state health officials said Tuesday. The mosquito was found in Morrisville Borough. 

DEP and west nile virus staff are responding with additional surveillance and control as needed, according to information from officials.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile is transmitted via mosquitos and there are currently no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection.  

“Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness,” the CDC website says.

The best thing residents can do is get rid of standing water where mosquitoes can breed on their property, according to experts.

Here are more tips to reduce exposure to West Nile:

• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water.

• Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.

• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.

• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.

• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

• Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.

• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers. If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

• Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

• Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

• When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.

• Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer's instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile virus and the state's surveillance and control program, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.

Heidi July 09, 2014 at 07:04 AM
I can do all this & I live in yardkey where there are common areas the township owns they let it over grow to the point the poison ivy has over taken everything & it does nothing but attract misquotes. I get bit day & night. I have trice old remedies sprays, candles etc. Nothing is working. The winter we had then rain didn't help either & I have Ben sick since April with no one figuring out why that is next on my list to get checked for all townships need to go back to spraying! They are very bad this year!!


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