Fighting Back Against West Nile Virus

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It’s mosquito season and besides being annoying they can also carry West Nile Virus, so the Department of Environmental Protection is fighting back against the pests.

‘Tis the season for mosquitos and with mosquitos comes the threat of West Nile Virus, but the DEP is doing what they can to stop it from spreading further.  Monday night, crews were out along the Susquehanna River In Wilkes-Barre City, Plains Township, Kingston Borough, Exeter Borough, and Edwardsville Borough spraying to kill off the pests.

Not to worry, the DEP says the spray is not toxic to people, animals, or the environment.  At least one case of West Nile Virus has been detected in Luzerne County and other cases have been detected across the Commonwealth, including in Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, and Union Counties.

The DEP explains the best way for you to help stop the spread of mosquitos and the virus they carry is by getting rid of or treating any stagnant water on your property.  For more information about West Nile Virus and stopping the spread of it visit  westnile.state.pa.us

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