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

West Nile Virus found in Perth County mosquitoes

Several local health departments have issued warnings urging residents to stay safe, especially after deaths were confirmed in Iowa, Texas and North Carolina.

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.

Cases generally tend to spike during the summer and fall months, between June and September, when activity is the most common. "These factors indicate that the risk for human West Nile virus infections is elevated and will likely remain elevated through the remainder of August".

Anyone with the sudden onset of these severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

This year, West Nile has not yet been found in a Wisconsin resident.

The illness can sometimes be fatal with about one out of 150 infected people dying from complications due to the virus.

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Those with more severe illness may experience stiff neck, nausea, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, and lack of co-ordination or paralysis.

'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'.

The Clark County Health Department says routine mosquito sampling by the state found West Nile in Jeffersonville.

Health officials say that most people infected with the virus do not see any symptoms.

"The amount of virus we are detecting in mosquitoes is well above the historical average for this time of year and is also occurring earlier in the season than the average", Mark Clifton, the agency's director, said in the release.

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