Drain the pools of water: West Nile reaches record high in Pa.

West Nile Detected in Several States

Gov. Dannel Malloy said there's been a rapid build-up of the virus following recent tests, which showed infected mosquitoes rose to levels that were higher than this time past year.

Health officials in Fairfax County, Virginia, have confirmed the first case of West Nile virus in a county resident this year.

According to the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Mead resident became ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day. Less than 1 percent of those people contracting the virus will develop severe symptoms.

"While mosquito numbers are low in most communities, surveillance shows the numbers of infected Culex tarsalis continue to increase throughout southern Manitoba", a release from the province said.

The West Nile Virus has been detected in numerous states, including New York, California and Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Drain the pools of water: West Nile reaches record high in Pa.

This comes one week after Toronto Public Health confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the city in 2018.

"I think it's important for us to talk a little bit about it today because it's one of those unusual years where there's not a lot of biting pressure from the so-called nuisance mosquitoes", he said.

Most infected people don't exhibit any symptoms but if you do you should see a healthcare professional immediately.

Things like bird baths should be changed at least weekly. Drain any standing water in your yard each week. "Of the mosquito-borne diseases, West Nile virus is the most common one in the continental United States".

Avoid the outdoors from dusk until dawn. Always follow label instructions carefully. Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin.