Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pa. and N.J. report season's first West Nile cases


Pennsylvania and New Jersey each reported their first human cases of West Nile virus this season on Friday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said that a Philadelphia man had been hospitalized and has recovered. The New Jersey Department of Health said a 49-year-old Gloucester County resident had been hospitalized and is recovering at home.

Eighty-two cases, including four deaths, were reported nationally through Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. West Nile tends to appear in late summer and fall. Pennsylvania ended last year with 11 cases and one death; New Jersey had 12 cases and two deaths.

The virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and both states warned that it had been detected in mosquito pools in all counties surrounding Philadelphia. They advised repairing screens, getting rid of standing water where they breed, and wearing long sleeves, long pants, and insect repellants containting DEET when outside around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. - Don Sapatkin

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