west nile virus http://wesa.fm en First 2013 PA Cases of West Nile in Humans Detected http://wesa.fm/post/first-2013-pa-cases-west-nile-humans-detected <p>Summer may be coming to a close, but the threat of West Nile Virus continues.</p><p>The Department of Health has detected Pennsylvania’s first confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus this year.</p><p>A Montgomery County man tested positive for West Nile Aug. 7 and was hospitalized, and the infection was confirmed in a York County man July 20, who did not require hospitalization.</p><p>Health department spokeswoman Kait Gillis said both men are recovering.</p><p>Sixty human cases of West Nile Virus were recorded in 2012.</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 15114 at http://wesa.fm Even Peskier-Than-Normal Asian Tiger Mosquito Found in Pittsburgh Neighborhood http://wesa.fm/post/even-peskier-normal-asian-tiger-mosquito-found-pittsburgh-neighborhood <p>As if regular old mosquitoes weren’t bad enough, the Allegheny County Health Department is reporting that the Asian tiger mosquito has been found throughout Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.</p><p>More common mosquitoes generally bother birds, and people as well, but they're usually most active at dawn and dusk. That’s not the case with this insect.</p><p>“The Asian tiger mosquito loves people,” said Health Department entomologist Bill Todaro. “It bites in the morning, it bites in the afternoon and it bites in the evening.”</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:36:07 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14019 at http://wesa.fm Even Peskier-Than-Normal Asian Tiger Mosquito Found in Pittsburgh Neighborhood Allegheny Co. Health Department to Add Pesticide to Water Basins to Combat Mosquitoes http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-co-health-department-add-pesticide-water-basins-combat-mosquitoes <p>The Allegheny County Health Department will start treating storm water catch basins in Pittsburgh Monday with pesticide to combat mosquito breeding.</p><p>The pesticide, which is nontoxic to humans, pets and aquatic life, does not kill mosquitoes directly, but stops their maturation process. The mosquito eggs become stuck in a larvae stage and are eaten by other organisms.</p><p>Dr. Ronald Voorhees, acting director of the health department, said treating the water catch basins makes a serious impact on the mosquito population.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 10850 at http://wesa.fm West Nile Virus Found in 2 Pennsylvania Counties http://wesa.fm/post/west-nile-virus-found-2-pennsylvania-counties <p>The infected blood suckers are back.</p><p>The first two West Nile virus-carrying mosquitos of the season were detected last week in Erie and Adams counties, signaling the start of what could be a long summer.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are advising people to take steps toward mosquito prevention.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 10573 at http://wesa.fm State Spends $2 Million to Control Spread of West Nile Virus http://wesa.fm/post/state-spends-2-million-control-spread-west-nile-virus <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $2.2 million in grants to help counties combat the spread of West Nile Virus this year.</p><p>Department spokeswoman Amanda Witman said most people infected with the mosquito born disease will never experience symptoms because their immune systems shut the virus down. But for others, she warned, it can be dangerous.</p><p>"This virus can develop into West Nile Fever or West Nile Encephalitis - both of which are infections that cause brain inflammation and in the most severe cases, death," Witman said.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:48:23 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 6973 at http://wesa.fm