VENANGO COUNTY, P.A., (CBS) — The first case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania for 2015 has been detected. The virus was found in a Venango County woman who was hospitalized and is now recovering at home.
“Detecting the first human case serves as a great reminder for Pennsylvanians to take the proper precautions when they are outside or near areas where mosquitoes are prevalent,” Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said on Thursday.READ MORE: Philadelphia Health Department Revises COVID Guidance For Schools, Adds Weekly Testing For Unvaccinated Students 12 And Under
“There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito-related diseases.”READ MORE: Upper Darby High School Dismissed Early After Student Sets Paper Towel Roll On Fire In Bathroom
Both the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are asking that residents do what they can to minimize contact with mosquitoes.MORE NEWS: Lockdown Lifted At Hardy Williams Mastery Charter School After 911 Call Warning Of School Shooting
You can visit the Department of Health webpage for information on West Nile Virus including the symptoms and tips for how to prevent getting West Nile Virus and for how to keep mosquitoes out of your home.