New Jersey reports first human case of West Nile virus this year

Cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in 36 states including California Florida Georgia Iowa Louisiana Massachusetts Minnesota North Carolina and Texas according to the CDC

Most people infected with the virus don't show symptoms, but those who have a reaction may experience fever, nausea, headaches and muscle aches for a few days or weeks.

The risk of West Nile virus infection is at a level not seen since 2012 when an outbreak infected 290 IL residents, the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District announced Thursday.

West Nile virus is transmitted from birds through bites by the Culex pipiens mosquito.

'Until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus'.

Health experts say that they expect the incidence rate to only keep increasing as the scorching heat drags on, and are encouraging the public to protect themselves.

The mosquito that tested positive for West Nile, came from a mosquito trap on North Market Extension in St. Clairsville, in the area near the ball fields and walking trail. In severe cases, the virus can cause paralysis or death. The health department suggests using DEET and other repellents, wearing long sleeves and trousers and avoiding being outside between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

People of any age can become sick from the virus but those aged 50 and above, or who have weak immune systems, have the highest risk, according to the World Health Organization. The health department will also continue spraying pesticides until this year's first "freezing" temperatures. The federal Environmental Protection Agency said residents should "empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers".

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