According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.
Since the beginning of July, 19 Mosquitos have tested positive for the virus across the municipalities of Schuylkill Haven, Cressona, Pottsville, Hegins Township, Ringtown, and West Mahanoy Township.
Most people don't develop any symptoms, but those who do may have fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea.
There are no vaccines or medications to treat WNV. People who have had the virus are considered immune.
We're entering the peak time for West Nile Virus, late summer to early fall. There have been no reported cases of West Nile in the city.
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Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.
Empty water from mosquito breeding sites like buckets, unused kiddie pools or places where water collects.
Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix. Birds, horses and humans can get infected through a single bite.
Also, residents are reminded to dispose of water-holding containers in their yards, like ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings, and clean out gutters. West Nile can become fatal if it progresses to a neuroinvasive disease, such as encephalitis and meningitis. Severe symptoms of WNV are associated with encephalitis or meningitis, and may include a stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis.