Record mosquito numbers cause West Nile virus threat across Pennsylvania

Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus

One should consider using mosquito repellent, as per the directions mentioned on it, whenever heading outdoors for extended periods.

Kwit said healthy people might have come in contact with the West Nile Virus and might not even know it. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature recently approved a $140,000 increase to the program's budget.

These efforts will be ongoing until the first hard frost of the year.

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WNV cycles between wild birds and mosquitoes. The department's anti-mosquito campaign is dubbed "Fight the Bite".

Also, if you have areas on your property where standing water is an issue, you may treat standing water around homes with larvicide briquettes that can be purchased at some retailers.

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and during the early-morning hours. The primary mosquito that transmits EEE breeds in freshwater swamps. WNV-positive sentinel chickens have been found at 10 of the 20 Mosquito Control Section sentinel chicken stations around the state, with virus-positive stations now in all three counties, and 13 WNV-positive wild birds have also been collected from all three counties. They urge people to reduce infection risk by using insect repellent, reducing standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and wearing long clothing. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and use repellant with deet.

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The ODH's field team conducts routine surveillance of mosquitoes in the county through trapping and submission to the ODH for West Nile testing.

Common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches and rash. The patient was a resident of the 75229 zip code of Dallas and was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease.

"While the symptoms may not seem threatening in the vast majority of cases, serious impacts to health can occur from being bitten by mosquitoes that carry this virus", McDonnell said.

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