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.
September 30, 2012
Don't panic. The odds of catching West Nile Virus are very low, and the odds of suffering serious illness or death are enormously remote. That's the message from Dr. Mohammed Bilgrami, infectious disease specialist with WillowWood Adult Medicine in Robinwood Medical Center, east of Hagerstown. "The message is: Do not panic," Bilgrami said during an interview in mid-September. Yes, West Nile Virus does kill or cause serious illness in a tiny percentage of infected people.
August 28, 2012
“Every day when you pick up the paper now, there's been a fatal accident in the Tri-State area. I just wonder what's going on.” - Hagerstown “Concerning building a new baseball stadium in Hagerstown, the old Central Chemical site, which was cleaned up with federal superfund money, and the old New York Central Iron Works, are in the city, may be owned by the city, and would make an excellent location. In addition, the shopping center only has one store in it. I think this should be thought about, in lieu of tearing down the middle of downtown Hagerstown.” - Washington County “I agree with the recent caller that you can't legislate the poor into prosperity by tapping the wealthy.
August 6, 2012
A Franklin County, Pa., woman is recovering from meningitis related to West Nile virus, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Monday in a news release. The woman was hospitalized for the infection that was attributed to West Nile virus, the news release stated. The woman is now recovering from the illness, according to the release. “Due to an unprecedented level of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus, the Department of Health strongly urges residents to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes,” officials wrote in the news release.
October 4, 2011
Mosquito spraying is scheduled for portions of Southampton and Greene townships this evening. The spraying starting at sundown will be conducted if weather permits, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection news release. Residential areas will be sprayed for adult mosquitoes. The DEP said a large number of nuisance mosquitoes have emerged as the result of recent rains. Certain mosquito species carry West Nile virus.
June 29, 2011
Mosquito spraying has been scheduled for this evening in Hamilton and Greene townships, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Truck-mounted spraying will be conducted Thursday if weather is poor today. Crews will spray Biomist 3+15 to try to reduce the spread of West Nile virus.
May 24, 2011
Mosquito spraying in Franklin County is scheduled to begin Tuesday in response to increased reports of mosquito populations. Franklin County’s West Nile virus coordinator, Raymond Eckhart, said mosquitoes have more spots to breed because of standing water from this month’s rains. This year’s spraying starts two weeks earlier than normal. The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Franklin County has received more calls than normal from residents reporting large quantities of mosquitoes, Eckhart said.
September 20, 2010
MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Weather conditions permitting, spraying to control mosquito populations will be conducted during the evening hours Tuesday, with Wednesday scheduled as a backup in portions of Mercersburg borough, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Two recent collections of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus in this area, the news release stated. The treatments will be conducted after sundown using the product BioMist, the news release stated.
September 17, 2010
The Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program has reported four new cases of human West Nile virus, including one in Franklin County. The program reported on its website Friday that a 66-year-old male in Franklin County has tested positive for the virus. The other three confirmed cases were a 45-year-old male, a 58-year-old female and a 64-year-old female, all in Philadelphia. The program also reported 10 new positive tests in mosquitos. They were in Allegheny, Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lebanon and York counties.