The Allegheny County Health Department will treat for mosquitoes in several Pittsburgh neighborhoods where they have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
According to an announcement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office, the rates of mosquitoes carrying West Nile have been much higher this year.
The Health Unit is urging the public to take steps to prevent mosquito bites. A second round of larviciding will be starting shortly.
Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus.
So for this year in Ontario, three probable or confirmed human cases of West Nile virus have been reported.
The mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds.
Only one in 150 people infected by the virus will experience symptoms, and only 20% will become seriously ill. People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems.
Cover up with light-colored clothes, long sleeves and trousers when outdoors or while in areas where mosquito activity is high.
DCHHS recommends that Dallas County residents use an insect repellent containing DEET whenever they go outside, and that they dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing.