DEP: Rains, flooding create high level of West Nile in PA's mosquitos

04 August, 2018, 23:59 | Author: Norman Carr
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The Kent County Health Department said that there are only three positive tests so far in 2018, but the discovery of these mosquitoes is a good reminder for Michiganders that it is West Nile virus season, which will remain until the first frost.

The patient, an adult resident of the northeastern part of the county, was hospitalized and is recovering from the illness, officials said.

Those zip codes include 40212, 40213 and 40214, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Less than 1 percent of those infected with the virus develop a severe illness, with additional symptoms including disorientation, tremors, muscle weakness, numbness and paralysis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when people are infected with the West Nile virus, they may not exhibit any symptoms.

Those who are 60 years of age or older are at the greatest risk along with those who have medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and or who have received organ transplants.




West Nile has also been confirmed in mosquitoes in Washington, Westmoreland, Beaver and Greene Counties.

People are encouraged to protect themselves by using repellent and avoiding the outdoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Always follow label instructions carefully.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and long-sleeved shirts. But one person was infected a year ago and survived.in 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing. For standing water that can not be drained such as fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding "Mosquito Dunks" or mosquito fish, which feed on mosquito larvae. Since DEP first began monitoring for the virus in 2000 there have been 33 fatal cases of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania.

The health department, with the help of Kozhikode corporation authorities, has already launched preventive measures including fogging and spraying to eliminate mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the virus into human beings.

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