Bucks County Man Dies From West Nile Virus

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    A Bucks County man has died from the West Nile virus.

    The man became ill on Aug. 20, according to the Department of Environmental Protection which reported the case on Friday.

    The virus has sickened five other people in Pennsylvania this year including a woman in Philadelphia, a woman in Delaware County, two men in York County and a man in Montgomery County.

    The Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program says that the virus has been found in 34 mosquito samples this year in the following counties:


    • Adams - Littlestown Boro
    • Berks - Centre Twp
    • Bucks - Bristol Twp
    • Bucks - Morrisville Boro
    • Centre - Harris Twp
    • Centre - Milesburg Boro
    • Chester - West Chester Boro (2)
    • Clinton - Bald Eagle Twp
    • Cumberland - Hampden Twp (2)
    • Cumberland - North Newton Twp
    • Cumberland - Shippensburg Boro
    • Cumberland - South Middleton Twp
    • Dauphin - Susquehanna Twp
    • Delaware - Chadds Ford Twp
    • Delaware - Chester Heights Boro
    • Delaware - Haverford Twp
    • Delaware - Newtown Twp
    • Delaware - Radnor Twp
    • Delaware - Trainer Boro
    • Delaware - Upper Chichester Twp
    • Lebanon - Cornwall Boro
    • Lebanon - South Lebanon Twp (2)
    • Lehigh - North Whitehall Twp
    • Monroe - Pocono Twp
    • York - East Manchester Twp (2)
    • York - New Salem Boro
    • York - North Codorus Twp
    • York - Springettsbury Twp (2)
    • York - West Manchester Twp

    Officials are urging residents to be careful of places where standing water can accumulate. Mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds and then spread it to people they bite.

    The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, but officials say roughly 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will not become ill.
     
    The federal Centers for Disease Control estimates that only 20 percent of those infected will develop West Nile fever, with mild symptoms including fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash on the chest or back and swollen lymph glands.
     

     


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