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Franklin Co. tops state in positive West Nile cases

November 03, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Frosts experienced in Pennsylvania in the past two weeks are closing out the West Nile virus season, securing Franklin County's position as leading the number of positive cases for a second year.

Franklin County posted 65 of the state's 303 positives this year.

"It's been a bit of a mystery for our guys why we have so many," Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Ron Ruman said.

Erie County entered into second place this year with 23 positives. Several of the state's 67 counties didn't report any positives, and several others reported one to four.

"Hopefully, we'll eventually bring the numbers down," Ruman said. "The good news is we're keeping the number of human cases down."

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Of Pennsylvania's nine human cases, Franklin County reported one, a 5-year-old girl who has since recovered. West Nile virus factored into two deaths statewide.

Franklin County had 68 positive samples reported in 2005.

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