West Nile Virus Returns to Pennsylvania

 

August 7, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA

Mosquitos sampled in Pennsylvania over the last few weeks have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The positive mosquitos have been found in Lancaster County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Berks County, Lehigh County, Franklin County, Cumberland County, Northhampton County, Lebanon County, Snyder County, Lawrence County, Beaver County and Erie County.

The most recent was found in Allentown, Pennsylvania. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention people often show no symptoms of West Nile Virus. 1 in 5 people may show symptoms including high fever, headaches, neck stiffness, comas, disorientation, muscle weakness, numbness, loss of vision and paralysis. 1 in 150 people may experience more serious symptoms, including illness or death.

There is no vaccination. Protect yourself from mosquitos by staying in doors, using repellant candles and removing water where mosquitos can potentially lay eggs.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live

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