The second mosquito to check optimistic for West Nile virus within the Lehigh Valley this season has been present in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania’s West Nile Virus Control Program confirmed Monday.
The first mosquito to check optimistic for it was present in Allentown per week in the past.
Also on Monday, 4 extra circumstances of the virus have been confirmed in mosquito samples taken in Philadelphia, based on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which administers this system.
That brings the entire variety of confirmed mosquito circumstances in Philadelphia this summer time to 13.
To date this yr no mosquitoes have examined optimistic for the West Nile virus in Northampton County, nevertheless there have been optimistic mosquito samples collected in Bucks County in addition to Berks and Delaware counties inside the previous few weeks.
No human circumstances of West Nile virus have been reported in Pennsylvania to date in 2019.
The variety of reported circumstances usually rises as summer time progresses, peaking late within the season.
West Nile virus may cause a wide range of signs in people, together with headache, physique aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea and rash, though most contaminated folks (about 80 %) don’t develop any signs, based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
In uncommon circumstances, the virus can result in encephalitis (irritation of the mind) or meningitis (irritation of the membranes across the mind and spinal wire). Among individuals who develop these severe signs roughly one in 10 will die, based on the CDC.
“Severe sickness can happen in folks of any age; nevertheless, folks over 60 years of age are at larger danger,” the CDC says. “People with sure medical circumstances, similar to most cancers, diabetes, hypertension, kidney illness and individuals who have obtained organ transplants, are additionally at larger danger.”
The CDC recommends utilizing insect repellent and carrying long-sleeved shirts and pants whereas exterior to assist keep away from contact with mosquitoes which might be carrying the virus.
Find ideas right here about what sorts of mosquito repellent to make use of, and the best way to apply it.
The CDC additionally recommends adopting the next measures to assist management the mosquito inhabitants in and round your house or workplace:
– Use window and door screens and restore any holes in screens to assist maintain mosquitoes exterior.
– Use air con when attainable.
– Sleep beneath a mosquito mattress internet if air conditioned or screened-in rooms aren’t accessible or if you’re sleeping exterior.
– Mosquitoes lay their eggs close to water. Once per week, flip over, cowl or throw away any gadgets that maintain standing water, similar to tires, buckets, planters, toys, swimming pools, birdbaths, flowerpots and trash containers.