WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN PENNSYLVANIA HORSES August 23, 2010
West Nile Virus (WNV) has been found in two (2) horses in Pennsylvania. One horse was located in Lancaster County and the other in Montgomery County. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) encourages horse owners to work with their veterinarians in order to protect their horses from West Nile Virus and other encephalitic diseases. Surveillance updates and alerts, including county locations of positive horses and other animals, are available at http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/.
Two animals have tested positive for West Nile virus in Cobb County and local health officials are reminding residents to take steps to prevent spread of mosquitoes that can carry the disease to humans.
A horse was infected in Marietta and a bird was found dead in Powder Springs and both tested positive for the virus,” said Chris Hutcheson, environmental health district director for Cobb and Douglas Public Health. “These are the first positive tests this year in Cobb County and no incidents have been reported in Douglas County.
Hutcheson also noted that the only human West Nile infections reported in metro Atlanta this year was in Clayton County.
As of Aug. 17, four human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Georgia and 115 cases nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While many people infected with the virus will have no symptoms, others may experience mild, flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, swollen lympth glands and rash. Serious complications may occur in extreme cases, according to CDC.
People can protect themselves from mosquito stings by wearing long pants and long sleeves, using insect repellents containing DEET, fitting windows with screens and reducing time outdoors.
CDC recommends eliminating places with standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as cans, other containers, clogged gutters and rain barrels. Other suggestions include regular emptying of bird baths, cleaning of swimming pools and changing of pet water bowls
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