The 2019 Centre County West Nile Virus Surveillance and Control season began on April 16.
Bellefonte Borough residents can assist the 2019 County program by eliminating sources of standing water such as unused swimming pools, stagnant ornamental ponds, poorly functioning roof gutters, and especially used tires. If it is feasible, poorly functioning storm water systems should be cleaned out to eliminate standing water. If you are aware of wet areas that are breeding large amounts of mosquitoes, you are asked to contact the County Planning & Community Development Office so samples can be trapped for identification and testing.
Additionally, the County Planning & Community Development Office is responsible for collecting and submitting dead birds for WNV testing. If you have questions concerning dead birds and West Nile Virus, please contact them at 814-355-6791. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) this year is limiting testing to crows, blue jays, hawks, and owls. PADEP will begin accepting dead birds for testing on May 1, 2019.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health website (www.westnile.state.pa.us) contains more information, as well as up-to-date local and statewide surveillance results during the mosquito season.