Officials are issuing a warning to people in Mercer County after West Nile Virus was found in a local mosquito population.

The virus was detected in mosquitos collected in Sharon, near the Budd Street Bridge.

Those who live or work near the area should take extra precautions to avoid being bitten, such as wearing insect repellant or wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants while outdoors.

All Sharon businesses and residents are also asked to reduce mosquito breeding habitats. This can be done by eliminating standing water like bird baths, discarded tires, or any other containers capable of retaining standing water.

Symptoms of the West Nile Virus can include headaches, high fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, and seizures. The virus can result in serious illnesses and even death.