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

Positive West Nile virus tests in Kitchener a reminder to cover up: health official

No human or animal cases of West Nile virus have been detected in the state this year.

Several local health departments have issued warnings urging residents to stay safe, especially after deaths were confirmed in Iowa, Texas and North Carolina. In each case the people had no symptoms at the time of donating blood through a blood collection agency, but whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence of West Nile virus.

"The two pools, or two trap sites that were positive, were found within the City of Kitchener, but really what it means is that conditions are right anywhere across the region", Miller said.

Although there is no vaccine to protect against West Nile Virus, over-the-counter pain medication can help treat symptoms such as fever.

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

Additionally, on August 6, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed six additional cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's 2018 total to 13 so far.

People older than 50 or who have weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from the virus.

Experts recommend using insect repellent, avoiding the peak mosquito feeding times of dawn and dusk and wearing loose fitting clothing.

A Chicago woman in her 60s who became ill in mid-May was the first human case in the state, Department of Public Health officials reported in June.

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