Second Incidence of West Nile Virus Found in Lackawanna County

West Nile virus was discovered recently in a mosquito in Throop, according to Rocco A. Genovese, West Nile virus coordinator for Lackawanna County. It was the second incidence of the virus being found in a mosquito in Lackawanna County, but there have been no reported human cases.

Genovese advised residents to eliminate standing water on their properties, which serve as breeding areas for mosquitoes, and to take appropriate precautions against mosquitoes when outdoors.

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s West Nile Virus Control Program, that includes wearing shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, using a mosquito repellant according to its package directions, and washing skin and clothing when returning indoors.

Visit the DEP West Nile virus website here.