More West Nile positive mosquitoes found in York County

Matt Enright
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)

York County is reporting more mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The county's Mosquito Surveillance Program reported positive samples in York City, Dover borough, Dover Township, East Manchester Township, Manchester Township and Springettsbury Township, according to a Thursday news release.

Additional surveillance, sampling and larval control is being conducted in each area where West Nile mosquitoes were found, according to the release.

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The county is asking residents in those area to help prevent mosquitoes by cleaning up properties to eliminate any standing water.

"Tires, junk in the backyard, kiddie pools, any of those things. That can be a big help," program administrator Lee Graybill said in June. "We try to go out and clean up and treat retention ponds and catch basins, and abandoned homes might have a swimming pool." 

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In addition to getting rid of standing water, residents should use insect repellents containing DEET. 

"For individuals who don’t like to use repellents, we recommend taking an electric fan outside with you," the news release said. "Mosquitoes don’t like the wind, and the fan will help keep them away."

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York County residents can report mosquito concerns to the Pennsylvania West Nile virus website at www.westnile.state.pa.us. In addition, they can contact the York County Mosquito Surveillance Program by calling 717-840-2375 or emailing LMGraybill@yorkcountypa.gov. 

For information about the West Nile virus and possible symptoms, call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-724-3258.

Matt Enright can be reached through email at menright@yorkdispatch.com and via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.