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Bucks County man first in state to die from West Nile

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 13 2013 04:15:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 13 2013 06:08:06 PM CDT

West nile claims first 2013 casualty in PA

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

An unidentified Bucks County resident is the first person in Pennsylvania to die from West Nile Virus in 2013, reports the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The deceased person was identified only as a male who contracted the virus on Aug. 20. Details about where in Bucks he  lived were not provided Friday by spokesmen for the department's West Nile Control Program.

They reported mosquitoes testing positive for the disease were found in Bristol Township and the borough of Morrisville in southern Bucks County.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile were found at a total of 34 locations in several other counties across the state during  the latest round of testing.

They include North Whitehall Township in Lehigh County, Centre Township in Berks County and Pocono Township in Monroe County.

Seven humans in Pennsylvania, including the Bucks County man, have contracted the virus so far this year, according to DEP. Two cases were in York County, two in Delaware County,  one in Montgomery County and one in Philadelphia County.

On Tuesday, the Berks County West Nile Program will be conducting an ultra-low volume control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus in parts of Exeter Township.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying residential and recreational mosquito habitat.