July 28—More than 50 cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Adams and York counties this summer, prompting officials to try to decrease the area’s mosquito population.
Learn more about the virus and what officials have done to address the issue.
Need to know
* As of July 27, 25 mosquitoes had tested positive for West Nile in Adams County, and another 26 cases were reported in York County, according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program. These two counties lead the state in the number of reported cases. Read more here.
* Almost 160 mosquitoes across the state have tested positive for the virus, as well as three birds, according to the state. No humans had tested positive as of July 28.
* Officials from the Adams County Conservation District sprayed to control the mosquito population July 16 around Bonneuaville Borough and Mount Pleasant Township. A spray date previously set for July 27 was rescheduled for July 29 or 30 because of insufficient wind speeds.
* The number of cases in Adams County is not too unusual, according to the Adams County Conservation District. State records show that the county had 118 cases last year.
* About 20 percent of people who contract the virus develop flu-like symptoms. About 3 to 5 percent experience more dangerous neuroinvasive symptoms, said Matthew Stough, a technician with the conservation district.
* People should not be concerned, Stough said, but they should take precautions like wearing repellent or running a fan while they are outdoors in the evening.
View more details about reported West Nile Virus cases from the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program.
Read more about the virus’s presence in Adams County
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