Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

East Lane neighborhood to be treated

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Montgomery County Health Department has notified Springfield Township that a mosquito pool located at the dead end of East Lane in Wyndmoor recently tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The County will be treating the area to minimize the potential for exposure, and will continue to monitor the area until the mosquito breeding season has ended.  Treatment is usually in the form of spraying performed in the evening hours.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), human infection with West Nile Virus can be asymptomic (no symptoms), or can lead to West Nile Fever or West Nile Disease. Approximately 4 out of 5 persons infected with WNV will not develop any type of symptoms or illness.  Additional information about West Nile Virus are available at the CDC website.

Mosquito Prevention Tips:

Mosquitoes can lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water and will hatch in 7 to 10 days. However, if you and your neighbors take steps to eliminate standing water from around your home, the mosquito population will be reduced dramatically. Consider the following tips to prevent mosquitos from ruining your outdoor activities:

  • Make sure your gutters are clean and running properly; Adjust them as necessary to provide proper drainage.
  • Take a look around your property and store anything that might collect water indoors. These items include wheel barrows, old tires, hubcaps, toys, kiddie pools, pool covers, tarps, plastic sheeting, garden equipment, boats, canoes, and anything else that may retain water.
  • Remove standing water in ponds, ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, plant saucers and puddles.
  • Cover all rain barrels, garbage cans and recycling containers with lids.
  • Clean and rinse birdbaths at least weekly.
  • Check that outdoor lighting and lawn ornaments are not holding water.

For more information about mosquito prevention and the West Nile Virus, please visit the Montgomery County Health Department website.