According to patch.com, for the first time this season, mosquitoes captured in Bucks County have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Patch says that one of the mosquitoes was captured on Monday in Southampton and the other was reported on Wednesday in Bristol.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the West Nile virus is "the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States."


According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the first-ever reported case of the West Nile virus in the United States was in New York City in 1999.

The CDC says that "about 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms" and about "1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness."  Last month, CNN reported that about 2,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S.

According to the CDC, you can reduce the risk of West Nile virus by "using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites."  For more information, click here.