Cumberland County to Conduct Mosquito Spraying in Response to West Nile Virus
Cumberland County officials have announced that they will be conducting mosquito spraying in five municipalities on Thursday, August 17. The spraying is in response to the discovery of additional West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito samples in the area.
The affected municipalities, including Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, North Middleton, Monroe, and Silver Spring Townships, will undergo spraying from dusk until around 11 p.m. This measure aims to target and eliminate the mosquito population carrying the potentially deadly virus.
It is important to note that these five municipalities are not the only areas affected by WNV. Camp Hill, Lemoyne, New Cumberland, Shiremanstown, East Pennsboro, Hampden, Monroe, Shippensburg, Silver Spring Township, and Upper Allen Township have also reported positive WNV samples.
To better inform residents, the county has made available the route for mosquito spraying on their website. It is highly encouraged for citizens to consult this information to ensure they take necessary precautions.
In light of the recent discovery of WNV-positive mosquito samples, residents are urged to take steps to prevent the spread of the virus. The county advises using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, and eliminating standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding areas.
West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While most people who are infected do not experience any symptoms, some may develop mild symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches. In rare cases, individuals may develop severe symptoms such as inflammation of the brain or spinal cord, resulting in hospitalization or even death.
Efforts are underway to control the mosquito population and reduce the risk of WNV transmission. By conducting mosquito spraying and providing information to residents, Cumberland County aims to protect its citizens from the threat of West Nile Virus.
For more information and updates on the county’s efforts to combat WNV, residents are encouraged to visit the county’s website or contact the Cumberland County Health Department.
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