Franklin County leads Pennsylvania in West Nile cases.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are 26 confirmed cases in the state, and five of them are in Franklin County. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has tips on what you should do to prevent getting the West Nile virus. They recommend wearing bug spray containing deet, the active ingredient that will help propel mosquitos. The department also says to make sure you wear long sleeves and pants.
Eighty percent of people who are affected by West Nile virus are not going to show any symptoms at all. So, we’re not telling people to not go outside, but we do want people especially with the wet weather we’ve had recently to make sure they’re eliminating those sources for breeding,” said Nate Wardle, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The department of health also says if you believe you have been bitten by a mosquito and feel ill to go see a doctor.