Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Dead bird in Brown County tests positive for West Nile Virus

Dead bird in Brown County tests positive for West Nile Virus

In June, all five boroughs were sprayed with pesticides in an attempt to combat the West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes.

To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156.

Nineteen municipalities this year, including Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and Bridgeport, have had mosquitoes that tested positive. Shivaramaiyer said milder symptoms can be limited to fever, headaches and muscle aches however in rare cases like this, the virus can cause neurological symptoms.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

Dress - Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce the amount of exposed skin. The homeowners should make sure that there is no standing areas of water near their properties as well as water fountains, plant containers and pet dishes. The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an advisory through the Health Advisory Network to alert medical professionals about the risk of West Nile virus.

The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher-than-normal risk this year and is widespread throughout the commonwealth, having already been found in 51 Pennsylvania counties as of August 1, including Dauphin.

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West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in New York City in 1999 and quickly spread across the country within a few years.

DEET-Apply repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET, and follow the directions on the package.

For more information, go to www.westnile.state.pa.us.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit aclink.org/publichealth.

Two earlier samples were found in Northfield earlier in July.

While a doctor can diagnose a case of West Nile Virus, he or she can't cure someone who has contracted it.

"If you develop a fever or other symptoms after being bitten by a mosquito, you should contact your health care provider", SC State epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.

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