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2 More Probable Human Cases Of West Nile Virus Reported, Mosquito Positives In 2 New Counties
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The West Nile Virus Program Wednesday reported two more probable human cases of West Nile Virus in Dauphin and Northampton counties bringing the total number of human cases to six. 

The season’s first human case was reported on August 8 in Montgomery County and on August 30 three more cases were reported on Allegheny, Chester and Cumberland counties.

Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile were also reported for the first time in Juniata County in Delaware and Walker townships and Mifflin County in Derry and Granville townships and Lewistown Borough.

So far in 2017, West Nile virus has been detected in a total of 40 counties. They are Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties.

The departments of Health and Environmental Protection recommend all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

-- Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.

-- Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.

-- Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.

-- Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.

-- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

-- Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.

-- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

-- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.

If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy Bti products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

-- Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

-- Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

-- When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.

-- Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer's instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin, or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information on the West Nile Virus prevention efforts in Pennsylvania, visit the West Nile Virus website,  Follow on Twitter or Like the program on Facebook.

[Posted: Sept. 6, 2017]


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