4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota — CDC

Positive West Nile virus tests in Kitchener a reminder to cover up: health official

New Jersey health officials report that the state has seen its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year.

All four cases, the CDC says, were confirmed following blood donations.

Several local health departments have issued warnings urging residents to stay safe, especially after deaths were confirmed in Iowa, Texas and North Carolina.

"The two pools, or two trap sites that were positive, were found within the City of Kitchener, but really what it means is that conditions are right anywhere across the region", Miller said.

The risk of West Nile virus infection is at a level not seen since 2012 when an outbreak infected 290 IL residents, the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District announced Thursday.

Cases generally tend to spike during the summer and fall months, between June and September, when activity is the most common.

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This year, West Nile has not yet been found in a Wisconsin resident.

The illness can sometimes be fatal with about one out of 150 infected people dying from complications due to the virus.

The cases, mostly in the western suburbs of Athens, mark a reappearance of the virus after an outbreak past year when Greek authorities registered 48 cases, resulting in five deaths.

About 80 per cent of people bitten by an infected mosquito don't show any symptoms at all, Miller said.

According to the Department of Public Health, the St. Louis area is home to more than 50 different species of mosquito.

State officials recommend people use mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.

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