Mosquito Trapped in Hazle Township Carrying West Nile Virus
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They’re just looking for their next meal, but mosquitoes can carry a serious and in rare cases deadly virus. The Department of Environmental Protection trapped and tested a mosquito in Hanover Township, which tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Luzerne is the third county to find an infected mosquito this season. The Department of Environmental Protection traps hundreds of mosquitos every year. Last year, cases popped up in Luzerne County much earlier in the season. DEP believes the cold front in May could have prevented mosquitos from coming out. There’s still a lot of summer left. People will be going camping sitting by the fire swimming in lakes and fishing in streams. That’s why DEP says don’t put your guard down. DEP suggests dumping bird baths and getting rid of old tires, because mosquitoes will breed in still standing water. West Nile Virus is spread through mosquito bites. According to the CDC no human cases of West Nile have been reported in the Hazleton area this year.
Hazleton Wellness Center’s, Dr. Cynthia Lubinsky says symptoms can include:
However, she wants to reassure folks, while West Nile can in rare cases be deadly, most times it can be treated. The elderly are most at risk. The best way to keep you and your family safe don’t get bit or if possible wear long sleeves and pants and always wear bug spray!