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July 1, 2014

Mosquito spraying coming to Meadville area on Wednesday

MEADVILLE — Vernon Township, Meadville’s Fifth Ward area and Cochranton are scheduled to receive spraying by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection tonight to control adult mosquito populations.

The treatment is weather permitting with a rain date of Thursday.

The treatment will be administered by all terrain vehicle to spray open spaces in those areas, according to Gary Clark, spokesman for DEP’s northwest regional office in Meadville.

The equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15, which has a low toxicity profile to mammals and is safe for the environment, according to DEP.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile Encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile Encephalitis.

Mosquito samples in 10 counties, have been identified with the West Nile virus so far this year. No mosquito samples from northwestern Pennsylvania have been found to have the virus. No human cases have been confirmed in any of the 10 counties.

More information about West Nile Virus and the state’s surveillance and control program: Visit westnile.state.pa.us.

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