West Nile virus found in 2 Cumberland County mosquitoes

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – West Nile virus has been found in two mosquitoes in Cumberland County.

County officials said Monday the infected mosquitoes were found in residential areas of Silver Spring and Dickinson townships.

They urged home owners to remove any standing water where mosquitoes may breed, including buckets, wading pools, bird baths, clogged roof gutters, and pool covers.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry West Nile. When transmitted to people, it can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.

No human or animal cases have been detected this year.

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