Mosquito Sample Collected in Mermaid Park Tests Positive for West Nile.
On July 21 the Montgomery County Health Department collected mosquito samples from several township parks as part of their regular West Nile Virus (WNV) monitoring program. A positive sample was collected on that date from Mermaid Park. The Montgomery County Health Department will continue to monitor the area and if it is determined that adult mosquito control is needed, the Township will be informed with those details.
WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural and suburban areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.
Personal Protective Measures against Mosquitos Encouraged.
There is no need for panic as WNV is increasing common throughout the state and exposure can be limited by taking a few, common-sense precautions.
County Health Officials suggest that individuals visiting the park observe personal protective measures against mosquitoes including:
- Using mosquito repellents when outdoors.
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Limiting outdoor exposure from dusk to dawn.
Information about WNV in Montgomery County can be found on the County's Mosquito Management Program website at: www.montcopa.org/wnvinfo