Two deaths confirmed from West Nile Virus

HARRISBURG – Two people in Pennsylvania have died from the West Nile Virus.   In a new report, the state Department of Health says there are two confirmed deaths and a total of 55 human cases of West Nile Virus in PA.

The department says the deaths were in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Last year the department says there were three deaths in Pennsylvania.    Overall, the department says the number of human cases this year has more than doubled from the 20 cases last year.  The human cases are spread across 19 counties, including Montour County locally.

The department says weeks of unusually wet weather this summer has led to almost perfected conditions for mosquito breeding. Breeding season won’t be over until the first, hard killing frost.

Certain species carry West Nile, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis. It’s an infection that can result in inflammation of the brain.

The department says you can take a number of precautions to eliminate mosquito-breeding. Those include disposing of any containers, cans or buckets that hold water. You should also properly dispose discarded tires that can collect water. Having clogged roof gutters cleaned every year is recommended as well.

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