While New Jersey sees a drop in West Nile Virus cases, Pennsylvania has seen a jump in cases.
This week, Pennsylvania officials have confirmed four West Nile cases, all from the Philadelphia region. This brings the state’s total number of cases to eleven. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the cases involved a Philadelphia man and women and two men from Montgomery County.
The first group of cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey were confirmed on August 16th. Since then, both states have seen an increase in cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in each state to eleven. Up until this week, only five cases had been reported in the region this year, including two in Delaware county and one from Bucks, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia. One case resulted in a Bucks County man’s death.
According to the Centers for Disease, there were 60 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania last year. Those infected will experience symptoms including headache, fever, vomiting, body aches, joint pain, and rash.
By Yalin Kaganovich
Insight Mag Correspondent