Pittsburgh Mosquito Samples Test Positive For West Nile, Health Dept.To Spray Mosquitoes


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Mosquito samples from several surrounding Pittsburgh neighborhoods have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The areas with positive samples include Perry South, Allegheny Center, Mt. Washington, and Beltzhoover.

The Allegheny County Health Department is now planning on using truck-mounted, ultra low volume sprayers to cull the mosquito populations in these areas in hopes of minimizing any chance of virus transmission.

Treatment the affected areas will take place on Monday, August 10 between 8 and 10 p.m. In the event of rain delay, treatment will take place the next day during the same hours.

The health department will be utilizing a mosquito pesticide called Zenivex, which they say is not harmful to people or pets.

The ACHD urges Pittsburgh residents to take note of any stagnant, standing water on their property or in their neighborhood.

Water-filled tires or other containers and unkempt swimming pools could become sources of mosquito breeding.

Issues with properties having stagnant water can be reported to the Health Department’s Housing and Community Environment program at 412-350-4046.

No positive cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in Allegheny County in 2020. The first case in the state this year was reported in July in Potter County.

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