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Animal tests positive for West Nile virus in Franklin Co.

September 21, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — An animal in Franklin County, Pa., has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection news release.

The news release stated a "veterinary specimen" tested positive for the virus. An agency spokesman said a veterinary specimen almost always refers to livestock, typically horses.

The latest test results bring the year's total to 19 confirmed instances of West Nile virus in Franklin County, according to the DEP website.

Of 790 mosquito samples tested, 18 tested positive for the virus in the county.

Franklin County has not had any confirmed West Nile virus cases in 2011.

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