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

At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5

At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5

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.

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

The risk of West Nile virus infection is at a level not seen since 2012 when an outbreak infected 290 IL residents, the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District announced Thursday.

August and September are traditionally the peak times for virus transmission of the mosquitoborne virus.

The Clark County Health Department says routine mosquito sampling by the state found West Nile in Jeffersonville. West Nile was found in Minnesota in 2002.

The virus can cause symptoms similar to those of the flu, but in extreme cases, it can result in tremors, fever, comas and a lethal swelling of the brain tissue known as encephalitis.

Health experts say that they expect the incidence rate to only keep increasing as the scorching heat drags on, and are encouraging the public to protect themselves. Of those who develop a serious illness from the virus, one in 10 die, according to officials.

State officials recommend people use mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing. Residents are encouraged to remove any items that can hold water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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