Mosquito in Upper Saucon Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Lynn Cook
August 5, 2018

Most people infected show no symptoms, but approximately one in five will develop a fever along with other symptoms.

A woman in Kozhikode district of Kerala is suspected of carrying a West Nile viral (WNV) infection and has been admitted to the Medical College. "It is imperative that Pennsylvania residents take common-sense precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes", said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell in a news release. The rain and flooding often leave standing pools of water, creating flawless mosquito breeding grounds.

"Mosquitoes are weak flyers and won't travel far from where they are born - if there are mosquitoes in your backyard or neighborhood, they are likely laying eggs there as well", said Helwig, "If you're being bitten by mosquitoes, they are 9 times out of 10 coming from your property".

Keep in mind to use insect repellant when you go outdoors.

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West Nile Virus is spread to humans by animals by the bite of an infected mosquito, once they feed on infected birds, according to public officials. Drain any standing water in your yard each week.

DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active.

The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

The health department also suggests mosquito-proofing your home by installing screens on windows and doors and using air conditioning, if available.

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Carroll, Penn State Extension's mosquito borne disease control coordinator for Lehigh and Northampton counties, captured numerous mosquitoes this summer that tested positive for the disease.

Mild symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, tiredness and swollen lymph glands and can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Wearing long trousers and long sleeves to cover exposed skin can also mitigate bites. She also said that the symptoms are the same as that of Japanese Encephalitis or Meningitis.

To curb the ballooning threat of West Nile Virus, an aerial insecticide spraying has to be conducted.

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