State marks year's first human West Nile case

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds

"Residents should be aware of West Nile Virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites", said Sarah Ward, Environmental Health Manager.

The mosquito was found in a trap near the intersection of Lower Marine Road and Bass Drive on the East side of Troy. The horse had not been vaccinated for West Nile Virus in recent years.

Public health officials will continue to monitor for mosquitoes by checking for standing water, applying larvacide, trapping and testing mosquitoes, and spraying adulticide if indicated. The city urges residents to survey their own property to ensure any potential breeding areas are properly maintained.

House mosquito (Culex): This species is most known as the carrier of the West Nile Virus.

Although humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the disease cannot be spread from people or horses.

"It's a good reminder this is the time of year that we have to be concerned about West Nile regardless of where the traps are and really take precautions for ourselves".

Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.

West Nile virus (WNV) was first reported in the United States in 1999 and every summer since then the country has seen an increase in cases.

Officials say that the case was confirmed in Hunterdon County and that two other potential cases are under investigation. According to Terminix, house mosquitos are the most common type of mosquito, and female mosquito of this species lays anywhere from 50 to 400 eggs at one time.

Some of the early symptoms include can include a fever, weak muscles, aches and pains, confusion and even sensitivity to light or tremors. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.). To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 800-433-1610.

The outbreak, mostly in the western suburbs of Athens, mark a reappearance of the virus after an outbreak previous year when Greek authorities registered 48 cases, resulting in five deaths.

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