Worcester to spray again after more West Nile found in mosquitos

Mosquitoes located on Long Lane in Springfield Township have recently tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to Hamilton County Public Health.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, who can acquire it through birds.

"The hot weather we've had this summer is ideal for both West Nile virus and mosquitoes to multiply quickly", said Jamesina Scott, Ph.D., District Manager and Research Director of the Lake County Vector Control District. Twelve human cases of West Nile virus illness have been reported in California residents this year.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas.

"Today's announcement reminds all Pennsylvanians to be vigilant and take precautions to protect against mosquito bites".

Since mosquitoes tend to most active at dawn and dusk, residents can also protect themselves by using a bug spray with DEET and wear long trousers and shirts to minimize exposure.

Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitos out of your house.

"With our recent heavy rains, Pennsylvanians may see an increase in mosquito activity", Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said in the release.

Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

For additional information on West Nile and mosquitoes from the health district, visit their website.

Vanessa Coleman

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