Suffolk Mosquito Control continues to find West Nile virus

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According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

Health officials say late summer and early fall is the peak time for West Nile Virus. About one in five will develop a fever, while roughly one out of 150 infected develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are no vaccines or medications to treat West Nile. Though side effects of the virus can be severe, most people who are infected experience little to no symptoms and fully recover.

A Mid-Michigan blood donor tested positive for West Nile virus. However, the majority of people infected with the virus do not get sick. "Current high levels of trapped mosquitoes and field surveillance surveys suggest a very active season for WNV". Donations that test positively for West Nile are discarded. "So does receiving an organ transplant", according to the CDC, which also noted the risk can be lessened by wearing long sleeves and trousers, using insect repellent and keeping screens on windows and doors.

As of July 24, 39 cases have been reported across the U.S. "Removing standing water from your property is also a great way to reduce the number of places mosquitoes can breed".

Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used. Symptoms range from stiff neck and disorientation to tremors and paralysis. The mosquitoes become infected with WNV when they bite an infected bird.

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