Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Pennsylvania officials warn about West Nile as suspected infection tested

Pennsylvania officials warn about West Nile as suspected infection tested

The Kent County Health Department says that they've found infected mosquitoes in the 49548, 49507 and 49504 zip codes.

"With high levels of [West Nile virus] in mosquitoes and the recent rains leading to even more mosquitoes, it's important for residents of Fairfax County to take precautions to protect themselves and their families", Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, director of Epidemiology and Population Health, said in a statement. "I ask everyone to prevent mosquito bites by eliminating standing water around your home, making sure your door and window screens are in good fix, and covering bare skin and using insect repellent when outside - especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active".

The virus can cause a variety of symptoms in humans, including headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea and rash, although most infected people (about 80 percent) do not develop any symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

It is also recommended to help stop mosquitos from breeding by getting rid of standing pools of water in places like bird baths, wading pools and water bowls for pets.

Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors. Dump or drain standing water.

Along with the 10 cases of human West Nile virus, there have been three hospitalizations.

Be particularly careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. These agencies are responsible for monitoring the potential public health threat of mosquito-borne diseases. Wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times.

Find tips here about what kinds of repellent to use and how to apply it.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans by animals by the bite of an infected mosquito, once they feed on infected birds, according to public officials.

The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state.

Throughout the warmer months, Jeffrey Carroll and a team of field technicians set traps to collect pregnant mosquitoes around the Lehigh Valley. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site, and date.

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