Elmore is the third county in the Gem State that had mosquitoes test positive for the disease. Despite no human cases reported of the disease so far in 2019, ISDH expects to see increased West Nile activity throughout in as summer progresses.
Other preventive measures include avoiding being outdoors from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, covering exposed skin and using an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent.
The latest results of the ISDH's mosquito surveillance can be found here.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - There is evidence that the West Nile virus is spreading in IN this summer.
The year's first case of West Nile virus in a human has been confirmed in Hunterdon County - the earliest in the year a case has ever been detected in New Jersey.
"Residents should empty water from containers of any size and flush out bird baths every week", The Marion County Health Department said.
There is no specific treatment for the disease and the best way to prevent it is to avoid mosquito bites, officials said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. Less than 1 percent of infected people will develop severe symptoms. "Anywhere that collects water can breed mosquitos, so checking flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers and other places can reduce the risk of mosquito bites and the illnesses they can carry".
Officials say homeowners should insect-proof their homes and not have any standing water on their property.
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