Pennsylvania reports first probable case of West Nile virus this year

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Going outside? Put on a mask — and some bug spray.

Pennsylvania reported its first probable human case of West Nile virus this year in Potter County, located in the north-central part of the state.

While health officials encourage people to get out and enjoy the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic —and keep a social distance from others — this serves as a reminder to take precautions from mosquitoes.

“We want people to protect themselves,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “Several simple steps can help protect yourself and loved ones from mosquito-related diseases.”

When outside, use insect repellant with DEET. West Nile-infected mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.

Also, discard objects that can collect standing water outside your home. Officials say mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus often breed in areas with standing and stagnant water.