WEST NILE VIRUS // Virus Information
On Wednesday, July 24th the Borough was notified by the Dauphin County Conservation District, that they had trapped mosquitoes in the Paxtang Commons area and that they have tested positive for West Nile.
The next step is to trap more mosquitos and test them. DCCD won't do any spraying until such time as they can confirm West Nile. The variety found is a "bird biter" mosquito and at this point there is very little danger to humans. That being said, if someone were to not feel well they should be tested for the virus. DCCD discourages the private spraying of properties as the mosquito tends to develop resistance. The best advice is to use the 4 D's of mosquito prevention outlined below
What is West Nile Encephalitis?
West Nile encephalitis had never been documented in the Western Hemisphere before the late summer of 1999, when an outbreak occurred in the New York City metropolitan area. In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 62 human cases of encephalitis, including seven deaths, although the actual human infection rate was much higher. Most people who are infected with the West Nile virus have no symptoms or may experience mild illness such as fever, headache, body aches, mild skin rash, or swollen lymph glands.
How is The Disease Transmitted?
Infected mosquitoes transmit the West Nile virus. These mosquitoes usually bite and infect wild birds -- the primary host of the virus -- but can also infect horses and other mammals, in addition to humans. In September 2000, the first cases of West Nile virus were confirmed in birds, mosquitoes, and a horse in Pennsylvania. By 2002, West Nile virus had spread throughout most of the United States.
What Can I Do to Protect Myself and My Family?
Private spraying of pesticides is not reccommended as infected mosquitos may develop resistance to the active ingredients when used improperly. PA has a very robust West Nile tracking and spraying program. Residents are encouraged to use the 4 D's of West Nile Prevention: