19 human cases of West Nile Virus so far in 2017

The West Nile Virus season in Santa Clara County is starting slowly this year, but officials warn that's no reason to for residents to relax on the recurring health risk.

Everyone, however, should be aware of the symptoms of West Nile virus, which may develop two to 14 days after someone is bitten by an infected mosquito. "The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes".

So far this year cases have been reported in Covington, Forrest (3), Grenada, Hinds (5), Humphreys, Jones, Leflore, Lincoln, Madison, Perry, Rankin (2), and Scott counties.

"The positive bird means that residents of Jefferson County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites", said Gail Scott, Jefferson County Public Health Director.

"By the end of the summer, more mosquitoes carry the [West Nile] virus because they've had time to bite the birds and amplify the virus back and forth", he said.

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There have already been two human cases of the virus in IL this year.

Past year the city began increasing the number of sites that were tested for West Nile virus in an effort to better control the mosquito population in Frisco. The Health Department says the type of mosquitoes that were trapped are bird biting mosquitoes.

Making sure windows and doors in a home have screens in good condition is also advised. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue.

"Most people with this type of West Nile virus recovery completely".

West Nile was found in both counties.

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