Sixth case of West Nile found in Dauphin County

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – A mosquito sample infected with West Nile virus has been detected in Jefferson Township, making it the sixth in Dauphin County.

Infected samples have also been collected in the Harrisburg, Highspire and Middletown Boroughs and Swatara Township.

The county’s is increasing surveillance and control measures in an effort to reduce the risk of the virus, but county officials are reminding their residents to take time to inspect their property for any sources of stagnant water.

Water in a bucket or tire can produce hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes in a year, officials say.

The use of repellent products is also encouraged, especially during evenings and nights.

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.

No human cases of WNV have been reported this year in Dauphin County.

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