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Pennsylvania reports year's first human case of West Nile

09 August 2017

GALION, OH- The Ohio Department of Health and the Galion Health Commissioner confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in a mosquito trap in Galion.

This comes on the heels of a July 12th mosquito sample that tested positive for West Nile near Murphysboro. The Vector Control District plans to collect adult mosquitoes with traps in the area where the crow was discovered. Collin County health officials alerted Frisco staff Monday about the case in the 75035 zip code, adding the patient did not report any travel history outside of the United States.

The departments of Health and Environmental Protection said the case should serve as a reminder for people to take precautions. A person bitten by an infected mosquito might show symptoms within 3 to 15 days. During 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

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It says few people infected with the virus have any symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue.

Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma.

"Once a positive dead bird is detected, SCCVCD raises its surveillance efforts to confirm if mosquitoes in the same area are infected with the virus", officials said in a press release.

West Nile was found in both counties.

Pennsylvania reports year's first human case of West Nile