West Nile Virus cases reported in several NJ counties

New West Nile Virus case reported in Attala Co

New West Nile Virus case reported in Attala Co

As of September 7, California Department of Public Health has reported 56 human cases of West Nile virus from 21 California counties this year.

Standing water from August rain could be one reason for the mosquitoes, she said. However, most people who become infected with West Nile do not display symptoms. "Mosquito Repellent with DEET or Picaridin is also a great way to avoid mosquito bites".

Though the number is lower than in past years, people shouldn't let their guard down.

Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.

It is also important to be aware of peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn.

As of July 24, to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were no confirmed cases of West Nile in either Virginia or the District of Columbia. If an animal is diagnosed with West Nile virus or EEE, owners are required to report to the Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the DPH by calling 617-983-6800. Symptoms to look for are body aches, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, confusion, weakness, stiffness and convulsions. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection other than to treat symptoms.