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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

DEP ASKS PENNSYLVANIANS TO HELP BATTLE WEST NILE VIRUS

PHILADELPHIA -- With summer weather at hand, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today asked Pennsylvanians to make every effort to control mosquitoes and reduce the threat of the West Nile Virus.

Hanger said standing water can quickly become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. He asked all Pennsylvanians to follow the simple rule of dump it, drain it and treat it.

“Dump it if it has water in it; drain it if it can be drained; and treat it if it has standing water,” said Hanger. “By taking these simple actions in your own backyard, you can eliminate those breeding areas and reduce your chances of contracting the virus.” Certain mosquitoes species carry West Nile virus, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.

Tips to eliminate standing water include: • Throw away tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water—holding containers that have accumulated on property. • Pay special attention to discarded tires, which can hold stagnant water. • Maintain drainage holes that are located on the sides of gardening containers that might allow enough water to collect for mosquitoes to develop. • Clean clogged roof gutters as needed. • Turn over plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows and birdbaths when not in use. • Aerate ornamental pools or stick them with fish. • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. For more information, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

What about all of the black flies and the darned caterpillars. This is loathsome. Who can enjoy being outside at all?

Anonymous said...

caterpillars & black flies are better than snow, ice & freezing rain! Not to mention well below freezing temperatures! Stop your whining!