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Officials say West Nile cases have been found in 51 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

"We are very concerned by the amount of West Nile virus we are seeing at this point in the summer season, and we urge the people of CT to take the threat posed by mosquitoes that carry the virus seriously", Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with the virus may not show any symptoms but some may experience fever along with body aches, joint pain, headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Matt Helwig, a Biologist with the Department of Environmental Protection says it only takes a small amount of standing water for mosquitos to breed.

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Overall, 39 cases of West Nile have been reported in humans as of July 24. Drain any standing water in your yard each week.

Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if you are sleeping outdoors.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born". The disease was identified by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) which tested mosquitoes collected from June 18 to August 2.

Use of commonly sold insect repellants, like those using DEET, Picaridin, or other EPA-registered repellants, can also cut down on mosquito bites, and possible exposure to the virus. Use an approved repellent according to its label.

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If weather permits, wear long sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors.

If you are planning to be outside enjoying this summer weekend, be aware, mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been detected in Kent County. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.

The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state.

Spraying treatments to reduce adult mosquito populations in the Hackettstown area, referred to as adulticiding, are tentatively scheduled for Monday night, according to the Hackettstown Police post.

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