Wilkinsburg and Health Dept. Being Pro-Active About West Nile Virus

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A mosquito collected on June 25th on the Pittsburgh side of Peebles Street was the first to test positive for West Nile Virus this year.

The Borough code department and Allegheny County Helath Dept. staff were out applying larvicide to the area on July 2, and will also be identifying other potential breeding grounds throughout the Borough and treating them. West Nile is a dangerous virus and residents should educate themselves on what steps they can take to stay safe.

People can protect themselves from mosquitoes by getting rid of standing water, closing openings to their house, using window screens, applying insect repellent, wearing long-sleeve tops and pants, and avoiding outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are more likely to bite.

The public is asked to report certain dead birds — crows, hawks, owls, blue jays and falcons — to the Health Department by calling 412-687-ACHD or by visiting its web site at www.achd.net.

Click HERE for the full press release from the Health Deptartment.

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