West Nile Virus Program
In 2000, West Nile virus appeared for the first time in Pennsylvania in birds, mosquitoes and a horse. To combat the spread of West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, Pennsylvania has developed a comprehensive network. This network, which covers all 67 counties, includes trapping mosquitoes, collecting dead birds and monitoring horses, people and sentinel chickens.
What is West Nile Virus?
West Nile Virus is a flavivirus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. It is closely related to St. Louis encephalitis virus which is also found in the United States. The virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses and some other mammals.
How does the WNV Program work?
The West Nile Virus Coordinator, under the direction of the Commissioners and the District, administers the Program. The focus of the program is to inform the public through educational programs and to monitor Sullivan County for the West Nile Virus by trapping mosquitoes and dipping for larvae. Also, treat areas infested with vector species of mosquitoes in compliance with CDC (Center for Disease Control) Guidelines. The Adult mosquito samples are routinely collected and sent to a laboratory in Harrisburg to be tested for WNV.
What can I do?
West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread by infected mosquitoes. So the best defense against the West Nile Virus is not giving them a place to breed.
Here are some things you can do around your home.
What if WNV is found near my home?
If West Nile virus is found in your area, here are some ways you can protect yourself.
DEP West Nile Virus site
Centers for Disease Control site