Pennsylvannia Launches West Nile Surveillance Program

Pennsylvania’s West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance program was launched April 9 with the help of officials from the Departments of Health, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture, and the Cumberland County Commissioners. A demonstration of the equipment used to trap mosquitoes and agents used to control mosquito larvae followed presentation of the surveillance program.

Mosquitoes obtain WNV from infected birds, and spread WNV to horses and humans. The virus was detected in Pennsylvania for the first time last year.

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