West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes found in 19 towns

The first human case of West Nile Virus to be identified this year is a child

They say a second case of human West Nile virus infection has also been reported in a Palo Alto County adult male, who has recovered.

It's an especially important job this year because the Department of Environmental Protection is reporting the highest levels of West Nile in the mosquito population since the virus first appeared in the state.

To prevent mosquito bites, drain standing water around your home, limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn, use Deet (an effective ingredient in insect repellents), and dress in long sleeves and trousers where mosquitos are active.

The virus can cause a variety of symptoms in humans, including headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea and rash, although most infected people (about 80 percent) do not develop any symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. For standing water that can not be drained such as fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding "Mosquito Dunks" or mosquito fish, which feed on mosquito larvae.

There were 68 cases of West Nile Virus in Colorado in 2017.

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The best way to prevent infection from any mosquito-borne illness, including West Nile Virus, is to use mosquito repellent that contains DEET and by covering up during outdoor activities - wearing shoes, socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt. Drain any standing water in your yard each week.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born. By eliminating places for mosquitoes to lay eggs, using insect repellant and other protective measures, and targeted use of pesticides, we can all make sure Pennsylvanians are protected". Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes.

Allegheny County and the state's first and now only human West Nile case was confirmed last Friday in a Penn Hills man.

Consider the use of CDC- recommended mosquito repellents, containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or 2-undecanone, and apply according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than two months old.

The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. The traps supplement the city's larvicide and mosquito spraying operations. Mosquitoes are grouped for testing according to species, collection site, and date.

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