Infected mosquitoes in Snyder, Union Counties

LEWISBURG — West Nile Virus is still a threat in The Valley — several infected mosquitoes have been found in Snyder and Union Counties.

The Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program announced Thursday that mosquito samples in Franklin Township, Snyder County, and in Buffalo and Kelly Townships in Union County have come back positive. The program staff is following up with additional surveillance and control in the affected areas.

Crews have been spraying for the virus across the state, but they also hope folks will take personal precautions against the virus. Mosquitoes breed in wet environments, so you should dispose of, clean and turn over any water-holding containers — including cans, tires, clogged roof gutters and wheelbarrows. Officials also advise preventing mosquito bites with spray and long sleeves.

You can find more tips and information on West Nile Virus at http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/action.htm. The PA West Nile Control Program is a joint effort between the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture. (Codi Jade)

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