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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 21, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com Four Washington County residents have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the county health department. The first confirmed blood test was reported Aug. 28. Subsequent positive tests on other people were reported Sept. 8, Sept. 18 and Oct. 1. Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said Monday that the patients are recovering at home. The department is not identifying the patients by name, age or hometown. West Nile virus, which largely is spread by mosquitoes, affects the central nervous system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | August 16, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com A horse showing signs of neurological damage at a Boonsboro farm is being treated for suspected West Nile virus. A veterinarian made the preliminary diagnosis Wednesday after examining Goldie, a 20-year-old gelding who was experiencing lameness in his front legs, said Robin Rippeon, owner of Homeward Bound Horse Rescue on San Mar Road. Goldie's symptoms progressed to muscle tremors, stiffness, fever and sweating, which led the veterinarian to believe Goldie was infected by West Nile virus.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | September 30, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com Four horses and 42 birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Tri-State area, health officials in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia said recently. Three horses and 33 birds have tested positive for the virus in Washington County, said Laurie Bucher, the county health department's director of environmental health. More than 500 birds of about 1,400 tested in 21 jurisdictions statewide have been found positive for West Nile virus since surveillance began in Maryland on May 8, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
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by DAVE McMILLION | August 13, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A crow found in the Kearneysville, W.Va., area July 31 tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting health officials to re-emphasize the need for people to take precautions against the disease. The crow was found by a person at a Kearneysville-area business, said Judi Rice, sanitarian supervisor for the Jefferson County Health Department. The bird was sent to the University of Georgia where it tested positive for West Nile virus, Rice said.
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July 19, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - If weather conditions permit, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be spraying to control adult mosquito populations tonight in Washington and Quincy townships. Samples taken from those areas by the Franklin County Penn State Cooperative Extension and the DEP have shown mosquito populations that can carry the West Nile virus. ATV-mounted spraying equipment will be used to apply Biomist 3+15, a pyrethrin product, for the treatment. The insecticide is applied in concentrations significantly below what someone would use spraying a commercial insect control product in their home, according to a DEP press release.
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June 10, 2008
Residential areas of Greene, Guilford and Southhampton townships in Franklin County, Pa., were to be sprayed for mosquitos Monday and Tuesday evening, weather permitting. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced the truck-mounted spraying would start late Monday night in areas where high populations of adult mosquitos have been reported. The chemical to be used will be Biomist 3 + 15, according to a news release. Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | 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.
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