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West Nile virus discovered in humans in Allegheny County



West Nile virus was discovered in a human in Allegheny County, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Friday.

If tests confirm the infection, it will be the first human infection found in this state this year, News

A man in the 70s who lived in Penn Hills was hit by a mosquito in mid-July bitten, who carried the virus. The man began to show symptoms and was hospitalized. He was later released from the hospital and recovering at home, the Allegheny County Department of Health reported. The Ministry of Health did not disclose the name of the man.

The Department of Environmental Protection has found mosquitoes in 48 districts that are infected with the virus, highlighting the need for people to take precautions to minimize mosquito bites.

"With our recent heavy rains, Pennsylvanians may see an increase in mosquito activity," said Health Minister Dr. Rachel Levine in the release. "There are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from diseases caused by mosquitoes."

Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties are both listed on a state website as "hot zones" for the virus. 1

9659002] Infected mosquitoes are the most active at dawn and dusk. The authorities recommend the use of DEET repellents, wear light protective clothing and eliminate stagnant water where the bugs can breed.

The Allegheny County Health Department should spray a pesticide on Thursday or Friday in Pittsburgh's North Side and West End to kill mosquitoes. Crews were scheduled to spray pesticide Thursday in Mt. Pleasant Borough and Mt. Pleasant Township

Two cases of West Nile in humans were reported in Allegheny County in 2017 and one was reported in Westmoreland County, according to government figures.

Wesley Venteicher is an author of the Tribune Review. You may contact Wesley at 412-380-5676, [email protected], or through Twitter @weatherworthy

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