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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Union County

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Union County

Pennsylvania officials say a Montgomery County resident is the state's first probable human case of West Nile virus in 2017.

The Galion City Health Department began mosquito surveillance activities this summer through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA).

The Southern Seven Health Department reports the sample was collected July 17th.

Municipal Mosquito has worked with the city since 2010 to set up traps and spray the area when positive results called for it. Empty bird baths, flower pots, buckets or barrels, etc.Remove old tires; eliminate standing water on flat roofs, clean gutters and downspouts; empty water from boats or tarps; keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when not in use. The dunks prevent mosquito larvae growth.

Install or fix screens.

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The West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds.

La Cross encephalitis virus "is a rare disease that is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes", according to the CDC.

Most individuals who are infected with WNV will not experience any illness. A mosquito from North Branford was also positive for the illness.

The district is asking residents who find fresh bird carcasses to contact the California West Nile virus hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD.

Less than 1 percent of people will develop serious symptoms, including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.


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