State officials say they have detected the first two positive tests of mosquitoes for the West Nile virus for this year.
The Department of Environmental Protection says the virus has been found in mosquito samples taken last week in Erie (Harbor Creek) and Adams Counties. That’s nearly three weeks earlier than the first positives are, on average, detected through lab tests.
Last year’s positive results for West Nile were higher than any in nine years in both mosquito and bird samples, and in the number of cases of humans being exposed to the virus.
The numerous tips for avoiding exposure to mosquitoes include ridding your property of breeding grounds, such as areas where water can collect and stagnate, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors, and using an effective insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil.