West Nile Virus found in mosquito in New Hanover County

Two new cases of West Nile Virus reported brings state total to five

Two new cases of West Nile Virus reported brings state total to five

"While human incidence of West Nile Virus is rare, it is a unsafe disease with no cure or vaccine for people, so residents should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites", Public Health Director Phillip Tarte said in a statement.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus was previously confirmed in Lehigh County this year.

The case was lab-confirmed in an adult resident in Toronto.

A mosquito in North Carolina tested positive for West Nile virus, and health officials say it's important to protect yourself from bites.

In 2018, 39 cases of West Nile were reported in Toronto.

West Nile Virus shows symptoms anywhere between two and 14 days of being infected, and the victim can become feverish, nauseated, experience body aches and headaches, as well as swollen lymph glands and skin rashes.

In the latest of their weekly reports on the subject, KDHE upgraded every region of the state to high risk level for the virus.

Wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long trousers to protect against mosquito bites. "You should wear insect repellent if you go outside during dusk or dawn and should remove standing water around your home". That includes any water that collects such items as buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.