First case of West Nile virus in 2017 reported in Kent County

West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes

In mid-June, the season's first West Nile-infected mosquitoes were found on Staten Island.

"The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area", said Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken in a news release, adding "there is no cause for alarm".

West Nile virus can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

That's because standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

West Nile is an illness that can be deadly for people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly, according to the health department. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes and humans.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been found in West Springfield or the surrounding communities.

During 2002, the state documented its first human infections with 52 cases reported that year.

Four other traps in the testing surveillance project are created to attract Aedes Egypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes - two species known to carry Zika virus.

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