Animas Valley mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus


It said Tuesday the man became ill in late July.

There have been no confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in Adams County so far this year, and no confirmed birds that have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Upper Milford Township in Lehigh County had another of the positives.

Since July there have also been positive mosquito samples collected in Bucks County as well as in Berks and DE counties. Additional cases reported by El Paso are likely to add to the total once they are reviewed by the state, health officials said.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a common house mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

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New Mexico has had cases of West Nile every year since the virus migrated to the state in 2003.

In rare cases, the virus can lead to encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord).

"Severe illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over 60 years of age are at greater risk", the CDC says.

Find tips here about what kinds of mosquito repellent to use, and how to apply it. The new mosquito discovery, however, changes the dynamics of the district's operations when it comes to trying to keep invasive species in check - particularly since the Aedes aegypti mosquito is active during the daylight hours as well and has no problem existing in populated urban areas. West Nile virus also very rarely causes months-long illnesses or even death.

According to district spokesman Aaron Devencenzi, eradication is extremely hard because the mosquitoes are able to lay their eggs in standing water as small as a capful of water, and once they are laid, they are viable even without water present for up to six months.