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West Nile Virus Found in the Perkiomen Valley

Infected mosquitoes have been found in the area, according to Montgomery County officials.

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) have been found in the Perkiomen Valley, according to Montgomery County Communications Officer Frank Custer.

“This is one of the worst years we’ve had for West Nile Virus,” said Custer, who said that there were 154 incidents of WNV in mosquitoes found throughout the county, .

“The county has re-deployed personnel to spray throughout the county – crews have been spraying almost every evening,” said Custer.

County officials are asking residents to help curb this issue by removing all stagnant water from their properties – such as birdbaths, gutters, and other water that has collected. According to Custer, it can take a mosquito, in warm weather and living in water, to transition from larva to full-grown in only six days.

According to the MCHD, 80 percent of people infected with WNV will show no symptoms at all.  Roughly 20 percent will show mild flu-like symptoms, and one in 150 will develop a severe illness – including high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, muscle weakness and vision loss.

The MCHD provides extensive information on the West Nile Virus:

MCHD -  West Nile Virus Main Page

MCHD -  West Nile Virus Fact Sheet

MCHD - Mosquito Surveillance

MCHD - Mosquito Control and Product Labels

Michelle Esqueda Smith September 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The mosquitoes have been horrible this year! Thanks for posting this.
Brittany Tressler September 16, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Fortunately the cooler weather will make things better as far as bugs are concerned!

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