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by JULIE E. GREENE | September 25, 2002
julieg@herald-mail.com The Washington County Health Department is taking an aggressive approach to fighting West Nile virus, which appears to be moving west through the county, a health official said Tuesday. With frost expected to arrive soon, health officials plan to hold off on spraying until the next mosquito season starts next spring, Environmental Health Director Laurie Bucher told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday. The hope is that the frost will eliminate the mosquito population this fall, she said.
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NEWS
July 4, 2006
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A peach tree in a commercial grove in Adams County has been found to have the plum pox virus, the first such finding of the year, the state Department of Agriculture said. "Our surveyors have found the first positive commercial orchard tree this year. It's located in the quarantined area of Menallen Township, Adams County," Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said. "There will be no need to expand the quarantine area as a result of this detection," Wolff said.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | February 2, 2006
As you might be aware, no journalist is more dedicated to covering the growing obesity crisis than I am, seeing as how I consider it to be a "hometown Hagerstown" issue, much the way journalists in Cocoa Beach cover Cape Canaveral. The government, which defines "obese" as anyone whose ribs cannot be played like a xylophone and is basically one carrot stick away from abject starvation, is a willing accomplice in my quest for information, since every other day it is coming out with a new report under the scientific category of "You people are pigs!"
NEWS
March 19, 2006
The Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and the Virginia HBPA are sponsoring a seminar Monday at Tailgaters Restaurant near Charles Town. "The presentation will be 'The Herpes Virus - understanding and preventing it,'" said Charles Town HBPA spokesperson Patti Evans. "Dr. Reid McLellan from the national HBPA will make a presentation and Dr. Keith Berkeley from the Valley Equine Clinic will add views on 'Preventive Vaccinations.'" The Herpes Virus has been in the news this year - affecting thoroughbreds throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
A second sample of mosquitoes from Franklin County, Pa., has tested positive for West Nile virus this year. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday a sample from the Borough of Chambersburg tested positive. The DEP's website indicates it is the second positive sample out of 611 collected in the county this year.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | August 11, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- In 2005 and 2006, Franklin County held the dubious honor of having more mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus than any other county in Pennsylvania. It was a state leader for positive samples in other years. That changed in 2010. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection had no reports of West Nile virus-positive mosquitos in Franklin County. Its data shows 265 samples were tested. The county posted 68 positive samples in 2005, 65 in 2006, seven in 2007 and 34 in 2008.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 22, 2012
Franklin County, Pa., experienced a high rate of West Nile virus this year, mirroring state and national trends. “We had unprecedented numbers,” said Raymond Eckhart, county coordinator. With 69 total positives in mosquito samples, a dead bird and one human case, Franklin County is 18th highest among Pennsylvania's 67 counties for 2012. Eckhart said scientists are still speculating why instances of West Nile virus were high this year. He said the mild winter in 2011-12 might have affected the habits of birds.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | September 20, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com A Berkeley County resident has the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in the state, but health officials said there is no need to panic. "It is not contagious person-to-person. You have to be bitten by the mosquito," said Sandra LeMaster, nurse director for clinical services at the Berkeley County Health Department. Citing privacy concerns, LeMaster would not give the person's name, age or gender. She said she was not sure of the prognosis or whether the person is in a hospital, because she had not spoken to the person's doctor Friday.
LIFESTYLE
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | December 17, 2010
"Zip your coat. Put that hat on your head. You're gonna catch a cold. " Rare is the mother who hasn't uttered these words during the rush out the door. Shirlee Imes, 55, of Hagerstown, certainly has. She is the mother of 11. If she doesn't stand guard at the door, Imes said, one of her children inevitably tries to sneak out in just a sweatshirt. Excuses abound. "It's not cool to wear a heavy coat. " "They don't give us enough locker space to put our coat and backpack in. " "I'll miss my bus if I have to go back to my locker to get my coat.
NEWS
by NABELA ENAM | June 20, 2006
Living in the 21st century, it is difficult to imagine a life without computers. We use them to talk to friends, catch up on the news, listen to music, watch movies and so much more. Computers make our lives easy, but they have to be properly maintained. Like humans, computers get infected - though not in the biological sense. My friend Sandra Maina experienced a computer virus. "On my computer all the programs were deleted and my computer crashed," she said. "I needed my mom's assistance to help me reinstall all the programs.
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