Chickens test positive for West Nile in Kenner

Desiree Steele
August 11, 2018

In European Union (EU) countries, 111 cases of the virus - mostly in Italy and Greece - have been reported so far in 2018. Symptoms of these diseases might include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma, and paralysis. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.).

- When possible, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts while outside. Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that can not be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools. Besides humans, the virus is also present in horses.

"Any time you are sick, consult with a health care provider, especially during the time of the year we might see more mosquito activity", she said.

Dallas is not alone in reporting West Nile virus cases.

Eighty percent of people infected with the virus have no symptoms, while 20 percent report a flu-like state.

One of the best ways to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of mosquito-borne viruses is to get rid of standing water around the home and in the yard.

Be sure to use insect repellent whenever going outdoors.

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Infected samples have been found in the city of Harrisburg, Conewago Township, East Hanover Township, Derry Township, Halifax Township, Lower Paxton Township, Londonderry Township, Lykens borough, Middle Paxton Township, Millersburg borough, Paxtang borough, Susquehanna Township, Swatara Township, Washington Township and West Hanover Township. It can be transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Since 2000, there have been 134 human cases of West Nile virus-associated illnesses and three deaths in the state. More than 46,068 West Nile virus (WNV) cases and 2,018 deaths have been reported through 2016. For more information about Dauphin County's WNV Control Program, contact Christopher Hooper, program coordinator, at 717-921-8100.

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