In a release, health officials say a single pool of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes were found in King Hill on Monday. 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.
Residents may reduce risk by applying mosquito repellent, wearing trousers and long sleeves when outdoors and getting rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed.
The Marion County Public Health Department reported on Tuesday that the first mosquitoes of the season in Marion County have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The state's health department said the man lives in Hunterdon County and was hospitalized on June 21 after exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.
West Nile virus is an arboviral disease that people can contact through the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird.
Severe symptoms include high fever, neck stiffness and swelling of the brain (encephalitis) which can lead to coma, convulsions and death. Social media and online advertisements will encourage residents to take steps to protect against mosquito bites.
Officials say homeowners should insect-proof their homes and not have any standing water on their property. Areas that may need attention include flower pots, birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows, and any containers or trash that may be hard to see such as under bushes, homes or around building exteriors.