1st Possible Human Case Of West Nile Virus Discovered In Allegheny County

July 27, 2018 - 7:14 pm

PENN HILLS (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The Allegheny Health Department says they may have found the first human case of West Nile Virus of the year.

The department announced today a Penn Hills man in his seventies was bitten earlier this month by a mosquito carrying the virus. Samples will go to the C-D-C for confirmatory testing. He was treated at the hospital and has been released.

Officials urge the public to protect themselves from mosquitoes by getting rid of standing water in yards and using insect repellent on exposed skin and minimizing time spent outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Most people infected do not develop symptoms. About 20-percent who become infected will develop a fever along with other symptoms, including headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Most recover completely, and on their own.

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