The purpose of the West Nile Virus (WNV) Program is to prevent the transmission of the virus
that can cause encephalitis through establishing a mosquito monitoring and collection program. The program is run by the PA Department of Environmental Protection and is administered at the local level by the Adams County Conservation District.
The WNV is a mosquito-borne infection that can cause brain inflammation known as encephalitis. The virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito. Mosquitoes get the virus when they bite or take a blood meal from birds infected with the WNV. Those mosquitoes then transmit the virus to people, animals, and other birds when taking a blood meal. It cannot be spread by person-to-person contact and there is no evidence that people can get the virus by handling infected animals, such as dead birds. Although WNV is not transmitted through handling dead birds, proper precautions should be taken anytime you handle dead animals.Quick Clicks