More mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in Hempfield Township
Less than a week after mosquitoes in Hempfield Township, even more have been found in the area.
The first round of infected mosquitoes in Hempfield Township was reported on September 27.
Since July, mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus have been found in Hermitage, the Mercer Borough, Pine Township and Sharon.
21 News reported that the virus was found in mosquitoes in Sharon in mid-July and again on September 5th and 18th. More infected mosquitoes were also found in Hermitage and the Mercer Borough.
The most common symptoms of the virus include fever, head and body aches, vomiting, and skin rash.
According to the CDC, about one in five people develop symptoms, and about one out of every 150 people develop a serious illness. About 2,200 cases are reported each year.
To reduce mosquito populations, the conservation district says residents and businesses should eliminate areas where standing water can accumulate and remain stagnant, such as discarded tires, bird baths, and any other containers that can accumulate water.