Montco Confirms One of Pa’s 1st West Nile Cases of 2013

Montco Confirms One of Pa's 1st  West Nile Cases of 2013


Pennsylvania has confirmed this year’s first human cases of the West Nile Virus and one of them is in Montgomery County, according to the Pa. Department of Health.


The Montgomery County man was hospitalized and is being treated for the disease.


A second man in York County also tested positive for West Nile, although he wasn’t hospitalized.


Now, the health department is urging residents to minimize their mosquito exposure.


“Our first positive human case of West Nile Virus serves as a reminder of the importance of prevention and education,” Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said. “There are a few simple steps we can all take to help prevent the spread of this virus among our families and in our communities.”


The most important of the steps is making sure to remove all stagnant water from around the home. Bird baths, kiddie pools, or any object that could collect water are all potentional mosquito magnets.


The DEP also recommends staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active or using insect repellants containing DEET.

Fairfax Health Department investigates tuberculosis cases at Lee High School



The Fairfax County Health Department is investigating three confirmed tuberculosis cases at Lee High School, county officials said Thursday.

About 430 families of students and staff members who might have been exposed to the infectious disease received letters from the school system this week offering a free medical screening. Potentially deadly if not treated quickly, the bacterial disease can spread through coughing, sneezing and laughter. Tuberculosis generally attacks the lungs.Health and school officials said the disease was diagnosed this month in two students at the Springfield high school after an initial case was discovered in December.

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