WEST NILE VIRUS – August 5, 2021

Mosquitoes collected by Adams County Conservation District staff on July 27, 2021 in Straban Township have tested positive for West Nile Virus by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Additional surveillance and mosquito trapping in Straban Township are being performed by Conservation District staff.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry West Nile Virus, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile fever and/or encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile fever or encephalitis. All residents, businesses, developers, and farmers need to be responsible and help eliminate mosquitoes. Please inspect your property for sources of stagnant water that can collect in tarps, tires, buckets, construction debris, pools, plastic toys, gutters, watering troughs and birdbaths. Eliminating these sources of stagnant water is the best method to reduce mosquito populations that can transmit West Nile Virus. Rain barrels can also breed mosquitoes and need to be completely screened.

For more information about reducing mosquitoes in Adams County or to report a concern, call the Adams County Conservation District – Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Program at (717) 334-0636. For information about West Nile Virus symptoms in humans, contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH, or visit the PA State West Nile Virus web site at https://gis.dep.pa.gov/wnv/index.html

Sincerely,

Maya Callenbach
Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Monitor
Adams County Conservation District
670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 201
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Tel (717)334-0636 ext. 3047
mcallenbach@adamscounty.us