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2nd mosquito in Berks found to have West Nile virus

Published On: Jul 18 2013 02:52:37 PM EDT
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Berks County has recorded its second case of West Nile virus this year.

A mosquito collected in Washington Township on July 11 tested positive for the virus, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday.

The DEP has collected 596 mosquitoes in Berks County so far this year, testing 177 of them for West Nile virus, officials said.


Berks recorded its first mosquito with West Nile virus on Wednesday. It was found in Cumru Township on July 10.

As of Wednesday, the DEP said Berks was one of seven counties in Pennsylvania considered to be "low risk" for the virus. Lackawanna County was at moderate risk.

All other counties currently under surveillance for West Nile are considered to be at a "remote risk."