The second sampling for the West Nile Virus was recently collected at Harrisburg. This infected sample was collected by the Dauphin County Conservation District on 14th August, as stated in the official statement by the Dauphin County.
Till date, no one has been reported of contracting this virus in the county. The district’s conservation department shall work towards reduction of the population for mosquito. Some of the mosquito species tend to carry the West Nile strain that can be deadly when contracted by people. About 1 in 5 infected by this virus tends to develop fever along with other symptoms, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control.
Around 1 from 150 people infected by this virus develop serious, and at times, fatal illness. This virus causes infection which can cause inflammation inside the brain. As stated by the County Commissioners, the residents of Dauphin County area with highest virus activity have been identified at risk for being affected by the West Nile.
Officials have recommended adhering to certain precautions to avoid being affected by the virus. Residents are advised to purchase Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis which is a natural bacterium known to kill mosquito larvae. However, it is perfectly safe for pets, plants, and people.