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Human case of West Nile reported in Cumberland County

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — Cumberland County officials are reporting a positive human test within the county.  Officials say this is the first positive test of 2015 but this is not the first case of a human contracting West Nile in Cumberland County.

Cumberland Number of Human Cases

2015       1

2012       2

2010       1

2003       4

West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted to humans after an infected female mosquito takes a blood meal.  Officials stress the virus is not spread from person to person.

This week DEP has returned 4 additional mosquito samples Positive for West Nile Virus in Cumberland County.  These mosquito samples were collected by County Vector Control staff on August 11 and 12, 2015 in Mount Holly Borough, and N. Middleton and Monroe townships.

This brings the total number of West Nile positive mosquito samples in Cumberland County to 38.

Positive samples have been collected in the following municipalities:

  • Camp Hill
  • Carlisle
  • Dickinson Twp
  • Hopewell Twp
  • Mechanicsburg
  • Middlesex Twp
  • Monroe Twp
  • Mt Holly Springs
  • Newville
  • North Middleton Twp
  • Penn Twp
  • Silver Spring Twp
  • South Middleton Twp
  • Southampton Twp

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County and DEP WNV staff are responding with additional surveillance and control as needed.

An evening spray control event has been scheduled for Mt. Holly and S. Middleton township on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. There have been 10 evening spray control events in the County to date.

Residents and municipal officials are encouraged to view the County and DEP webpages for more information.

Cumberland County Webpages

PA DEP West Nile Webpages