Bucks Co. Woman Contracts West Nile Virus - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Bucks Co. Woman Contracts West Nile Virus

Falls Township woman has 1st confirmed human case in the county



    A 54-year-old Falls Township woman had the first reported case of West Nile Virus in Bucks County. Crews sprayed areas in the county on Monday including creeks in Levittown. NBC10's Doug Shimell spoke to concerned residents. (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2012)

    Bucks County has reported its first case of West Nile virus.

    The first person to contract West Nile in the county is a 54-year-old Falls Township woman who has since recovered from her symptoms, according to officials.

    On Monday, crews were spraying areas in the county -- including creeks in Levittown -- to try and stop the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile. They were also set to hit the Farm Ridge community from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday night.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the West Nile virus is responsible for more than 30,000 sicknesses in the United States since 1999.

    The CDC says that only one in every 150 people infected with West Nile become seriously ill. Milder and more common symptoms include “fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back,” according to the CDC.

    In recent weeks municipalities in Pennsylvania have reported West Nile infections in people including two cases in Delaware County, one in Lehigh County and one in Lancaster County.