After the dreaded Nipah Virus (NIV) that claimed many lives in Kozhikode and Malappuran districts, West Nile virus (WNV) infection surfaced in this district.
The Department of Public Health and Wellness said in a release that surveillance traps in three local zip codes turned up infected mosquitoes including 40212, 40213, and 40214.
Spread by mosquittos through infected birds, the symptoms of WNV infection included fever, headache, vomiting and rash.
Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. "Of the mosquito-borne diseases, West Nile virus is the most common one in the continental United States. 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". Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. Always follow label instructions carefully. But one person was infected a year ago and survived.in 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death. "It's extremely important to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes".
To combat the risk of infection, residents are advised to use mosquito repellent, wear long trousers and sleeves to cover exposed skin, and avoid areas where mosquitoes congregate. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
Authorities say Iowa's first reported 2018 death associated with the West Nile virus has occurred.
In addition to preventing mosquito bites, the public should take steps to reduce breeding of mosquitoes on their property and in their community, said Pieter Sheehan, the Fairfax County government's director of environmental health. Since DEP first began monitoring for the virus in 2000 there have been 33 fatal cases of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania.