None of Pennsylvania's 24 total positive tests for West Nile virus as of July 10 occurred in Warren County.
On the other hand, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) isn't testing here either.
According to DEP Press Aide Amanda Whitman, "The reason that there are no positives recorded in Warren County is because DEP does not survey Warren County for the virus."
Warren County isn't the only one not being monitored. According to Whitman, in northwestern Pennsylvania, only Erie, Lawrence, Venango, Mercer, Crawford and Butler counties are monitored, and soon, Mercer and Butler will leave that list.
"There are limited funds available for the West Nile program, so every year DEP conducts a risk assessment to determine which counties are most in need," Whitman explained. "The northwestern region does not have a historical problem with West Nile virus."
Next year's West Nile program may not be the same, Whitman said, adding that each year's program is based on a risk assessment which determines where testing occurs.
The DEP's West Nile program runs from May until October.
The nearest county sample to return a positive result was taken in Clinton County, more than 130 miles away from Warren County. The three tested counties bordering Warren County Erie, Crawford and Venango all returned negative results.