West Nile virus was discovered in the Susquehanna Valley

West Nile virus was discovered in the Susquehanna Valley

The CDC urges residents in areas where the virus has been detected to take precautions


York County Mosquito Control reports that West Nile virus has been detected in York County. Mosquito testing has detected the virus in York City and Spring Grove Borough. York County and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are monitoring mosquito activity in the area and working to control the mosquito population. West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Infected patients may experience symptoms including fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and rash. The virus can be fatal or lead to serious neurological complications, usually among people with weakened immune systems or the elderly. The CDC recommends the following preventive measures: Apply an insect repellent containing TEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or para-methane-diol (PMD) to exposed skin and clothing. Because mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active at dusk and dawn, wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when going outdoors, especially in mosquito-infested areas. Stagnant water should be removed to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. Check for standing water in flower pots, gutters, buckets and other containers. Screen windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

York County Mosquito Control reports that West Nile virus has been detected in York County.

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Mosquito testing has detected the virus in York City and Spring Grove Borough.

York County and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are monitoring mosquito activity in the area and working to control the mosquito population.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Infected patients may experience symptoms including fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and rash.

The virus can be fatal or lead to serious neurological complications, usually among people with weakened immune systems or the elderly.

CDC recommends the following preventive measures:

  • Apply an insect repellent containing TEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or para-menthane-diol (PMD) to exposed skin and clothing.
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active during those times
  • Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when going outdoors, especially in mosquito-infested areas.
  • Stagnant water should be removed to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. Check for standing water in flower pots, gutters, buckets and other containers.
  • Screen windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

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