State officials say there have been higher rates of mosquitoes carrying the virus this year due to humid weather.
The two cases are in Musselshell County and Lake County, according to a press release from the agency. The virus is transmitted to mosquitoes that feed off infected birds. Around one person out of 5 West Nile infected people develops symptoms such as fever among others while around one out of 150 people develop symptoms such as swelling of the brain or the brain tissue, which in certain rare cases, can result in the person dying. These areas include standing water in rain barrels, bird baths, unused tires, gutters, and boat or pool covers.
"We always recommend wearing long sleeves and long trousers". "Potential routes of introduction include importation of infected birds, mosquitoes or [via] human beings".
Stay inside when mosquitoes are active.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an advisory through the Health Advisory Network to alert medical professionals about the risk of West Nile virus.
WNV cycles between wild birds and mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone.
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"While the symptoms may not seem threatening in the vast majority of cases, serious impacts to health can occur from being bitten by mosquitoes that carry this virus", McDonnell said.
Two earlier samples were found in Northfield earlier in July. Other strategies to avoid West Nile Virus are wearing light colored, long and loose clothing, draining all standing water, and limiting outdoor exposure during dusk and dawn.
The Montana Department of Livestock has confirmed the first reported cases of equine West Nile Virus in Montana in 2018.
While there are no vaccines against WNV or EEE for humans, effective EEE and West Nile vaccines are available for horses through veterinarians, according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office.