Just days later, DPH officials announced the first three human cases of WNV in MA in 2018, along with a single case of an infected horse that became severely ill and had to be euthanized.
This year, the Tarrant County Health Department tested 3,430 mosquito samples at the public health agency's North Texas Regional Laboratory and 102 samples from Tarrant County have come back positive for West Nile Virus. A second type of mosquito has also been reported. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.
"We still have a few weeks before the summer season officially ends, so it's very important for everyone to do their part and stay protected, especially as we head into the holiday weekend", indicated Goodman.
Only about 20% of those who get infected with West Nile will notice any symptoms. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness.
Water quality supervisor Chris Schroeder says that now until the middle of September is the greatest risk to contract the virus, so you still need to make sure you're protected.
To prevent catching West Nile, you should take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Apply an insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. Mosquitoes can be nearly anywhere, but they're typically around wooded areas and areas that have stagnant bodies of water.