CT environmental officials say a hawk that attacked people may have been suffering from neurological issues related to West Nile virus. When there is one case that has recently occurred in a county but the risk is not confined to that area, like a mosquito-borne disease, we report by region so individuals in a potential risk area are informed and the chance that the person's identity could be discovered is reduced.
Mosquitoes from two traps tested positive for the virus Tuesday. However, if you do see symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, body aches or skin rash, seek medical attention.
-Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers that are light colored. Birds, horses and humans can get infected through a single bite.
Stay inside when mosquitoes are active. In Ohio, West Nile virus was first identified in birds and mosquitoes in 2001.
About one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. It is spread through the bites of infected mosquitos; horses can not transmit the virus directly to people.
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Unfortunately, the West Nile mosquitoes have spread.
Infected samples have been found in the city of Harrisburg, Conewago Township, East Hanover Township, Derry Township, Halifax Township, Lower Paxton Township, Londonderry Township, Lykens borough, Middle Paxton Township, Millersburg borough, Paxtang borough, Susquehanna Township, Swatara Township, Washington Township and West Hanover Township.
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The best defense against WNV is bite prevention.
MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017. For more information about Dauphin County's WNV Control Program, contact Christopher Hooper, program coordinator, at 717-921-8100.