First Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Schuylkill County

This is the designated spray area in Worcester on July 12

This is the designated spray area in Worcester on July 12

Health unit reps say only certain types of mosquitoes spread West Nile, a potentially serious infection to humans. Most mosquito bites are harmless, and the worst thing about them is the incessant itchy feeling that accompanies the bite, but some are unsafe.

Additional mosquitoes in CT have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The first sign of West Nile virus has shown up in Windsor and Essex County.

Warren County has the most cases so far with eight, according to the Department of Health, followed by Somerset with two. West Nile Virus is active throughout the State of California.

Regardless of the West Nile virus risk level for the area, people are asked to remember there is no such thing as being risk-free from West Nile. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. It's been reported in other countries for more than 50 years.

The virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to animals, birds and humans.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness, or swollen lymph nodes.

"Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms". This severe illness is more common in those over 60 years of age and those with compromised immune systems.

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