Beware of ticks and mosquito dangers this fall, PA health department warns

PENNSYLVANIA — The state Department of Health is reminding people who spend time outdoors during the fall to protect themselves from mosquito and tick-borne illnesses that can have deadly consequences.

So far in 2022, there have been 14 human cases of West Nile virus in 2022, including one death in Philadelphia County and one death in Franklin County. Transmitted by mosquitoes that breed in areas of stagnant, stagnant water, West Nile virus can trigger encephalitis and meningitis whose symptoms may include severe headache, high fever, muscle weakness, stiffness neck, paralysis, confusion and tremors.

Deer ticks can spread Lyme disease. They emerge in the fall and can be active in the winter if the temperature is above 40. In addition to Lyme disease, these ticks can also carry several other diseases, including anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus. .

“Fall is a wonderful time to spend time outdoors and participate in many activities, such as hiking and viewing fall foliage, but we want to make sure people are protecting themselves when they go. are outside,” said Acting Health Secretary and Chief Medical Officer Dr Denise. Johnson
said in a statement.

“Ticks and mosquitoes carry a number of serious diseases. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and protect yourself from these diseases.”

The Department of Health recommends taking these precautions before going outside:

  • Wear light-colored clothing to make insect detection easier.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks.
  • Use an insect repellent approved by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Clothing can also be treated with a product containing permethrin to repel ticks.

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