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Mosquito with West Nile found in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A mosquito capable of carrying West Nile virus has been found in Harrisburg, the first in the city this year.

The infected sample was collected July 23, according to a city news release.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse said city and county officials are closely monitoring the situation to try to prevent the virus from spreading.

He said Capital Region Water teams are using bleach to clean water inlets in an effort to kill larvae that may be in stagnant water, and the Dauphin County Conservation District is collecting mosquito samples in Harrisburg to track the presence of the virus.

The infected mosquito is the 11th in Dauphin County this year. There have been no cases of people infected with the virus.

West Nile can cause encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.

 

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