Dauphin County reports first human case of West Nile

The first human case of West Nile in Dauphin County has been detected, according to state officials.

The case was reported Tuesday by both the Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection. It’s the 13th human case of West Nile this year in Pennsylvania.

“The first human case in our county serves as a reminder for residents to take protective measures and eliminate standing water,” said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Jeff Haste. “Although all residents should take the proper precautions when outdoors, people over age 50 have the highest risk of severe infection.”

Fifty-one samples were collected throughout the summer in Conewago, Derry, East Hanover, Halifax, Londonderry, Lower Paxton, South Hanover, Susquehanna, Swatara, Washington, West Hanover townships, as well as the Highspire Borough and the City of Harrisburg.

West Nile virus infections can result in an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash.

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