Positive Sample of West Nile Virus Discovered in Atlantic County

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To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156.

The county says this is the first bird to test positive for West Nile since monitoring began on May 1. These areas include standing water in rain barrels, bird baths, unused tires, gutters, and boat or pool covers. Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes.

∫ Remove standing water and water-holding containers from around your home and property.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an advisory through the Health Advisory Network to alert medical professionals about the risk of West Nile virus.

About one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness.

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West Nile Virus affects humans, equines, and birds.

The best defense is with an EPA-approved insect repellent. County workers then capture and test mosquitoes from those areas to see whether they're infected.

For more information, go to www.westnile.state.pa.us. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

There have not been any reported human cases of West Nile Virus this year in Montana.

While health officials note that it is not unusual to find positive samples in the summer and fall, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the risk of West Nile Virus. Horse and large animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their animals against the virus and to clean out watering sources, such as buckets and troughs, every three-to-four days to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. For more information about Dauphin County's WNV Control Program, contact Christopher Hooper, program coordinator, at 717-921-8100.

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