All of Kansas at West Nile virus risk

Counties in red have had a positive test for West Nile virus in 2019 as of Tuesday Aug. 13 according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program

Counties in red have had a positive test for West Nile virus in 2019 as of Tuesday Aug. 13 according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program

Officials say the spray will reduce the mosquito population and the risk of West Nile virus spreading to humans.

In the latest update from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's WNVCP, it was reported that another mosquito in Lehigh County was also found to have the virus. Yolo County last week saw two active samples in mosquitoes.

"While human incidence of West Nile virus is rare, it is a risky disease with no cure or vaccine for people, so residents should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites", Public Health Director Phillip Tarte said, according to WWAY.

It is a disease only transmitted through the bite infected mosquitoes. In 2018, there were four cases reported, but no deaths. Many people exposed to the virus don't get sick, but about 20 percent develop symptoms. In rare instances, the virus can also cause encephalitis and meningitis and can be fatal.

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Residents can protect themselves by using insect repellent containing DEET, draining standing water around homes and wearing long-sleeve shirts and trousers.

KCHD says residents should stay indoors during spraying and keep pets inside or in the backyard.

Looks like the West Nile Virus is still a thing in Toronto after a case was confirmed in a news release by the City of Toronto on Tuesday.

Common sources of standing water include pools and rain barrels, Schaaf said.

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