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State officials warn of a high number of positive West Nile virus samples



YORK, Pa. — Civil servants say West Nile virus cases are more common than usual.

Neil Shader of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said they had a greater number of positive cases among mosquitoes and birds this year compared to recent years.

He said that this is mainly due to the rainy, wet weather conditions this season.

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Officials said that the mosquitoes known to carry the West Nile virus are most prevalent at dusk and dawn, especially with the recent flood.

He said to empty places that can hold water, such as buckets, bird baths, children's pools and gutters.

Also, keep in mind when mosquitoes swarm around your house.

"Mosquitoes are very poor flyers, they can not go very far, as our program says: if you feed them, you breed them, which means that if they bite you, that means they are from somewhere in the world come close, "Shader said.

Officials say they were the first "probable" case of the West Nile virus in one person in the state last week in the southwestern part of Allegheny County.

Officials say the most common symptoms of West Nile virus are flu-like symptoms.

At worst, it can attack the brain and cause serious health complications.

If you have concerns about mosquitoes in your area, visit the official website of the agency.


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