SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Pennsylvania reports year's 1st West Nile case

Pennsylvania's Department of Health recently reported the commonwealth's first probable West Nile virus case in a human for the year.

The patient is a woman who lives in Venango County. She was hospitalization, but was recently released to finish her recovery at home.

The health department recommended all Pennsylvania residents avoid unnecessary exposure to mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, even though they bite humans at any time. The most effective way to prevent mosquito bites is to use DEET insect repellents. Another method is to cover all skin with lightweight and light colored clothing.

“Detecting the first human case serves as a great reminder for Pennsylvanians to take the proper precautions when they are outside or near areas where mosquitoes are prevalent,” Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said. “There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito-related diseases.”

The state will  continue to survey affected communities to monitor mosquito activity and West Nile virus. State biologists also are conducting a study of the mosquito population to determine further risk to humans. If necessary, adult mosquito populations will be reduced. These efforts will continue through October.

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