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More mosquitoes in York County test positive for West Nile virus

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. Scientists believe the species originated in Africa but came to the Americas on slave ships. It has continued to spread through shipping and airplanes. Now it's found through much of the world. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

Mosquito samples taken in York City, West Manchester Township and Manchester Township have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to York County officials.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is now performing additional mosquito surveillance, sampling and larval control, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

The samples were collected on Aug. 26.  

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Mosquito samples taken in York City and West Manchester Township on Aug. 18 previously tested positive for West Nile virus.

"Performing a community-wide cleanup is the only way to eliminate most mosquito concerns," the release said. "Residents are urged to contact your local municipality to help promote cleaning up to reduce mosquito concerns and disease risk."

Residents are urged to inspect their yards and reduce clutter. They should also purchase mosquito control and repellent products, the release said.

Mosquito concerns can be reported at www.depgis.state.pa.us/WNV/index.html, by contacting the county's Mosquito Surveillance Program at 717-840-2375 or by emailing LMGraybill@yorkcountypa.gov.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8.