Fortunately, roughly 80 percent of infected people won't exhibit any symptoms of the disease and only one in every 150 people will suffer from severe illness, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Health officials in Camden County are reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes after confirming the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county.
The statement also said that a total of 798 West Nile virus cases were detected in Greece, Italy, Hungary and Romania among European Union countries.
No human cases are being reported.
The most serious cases of West Nile virus infection can lead to encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, which can be fatal.
The department notes that West Nile virus is influenced by many factors, including climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of West Nile immunity in birds.
- Apply and EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridian, IR3535, oil of eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes.
California's West Nile virus website - http://westnile.ca.gov - includes the latest information on West Nile Virus activity in the state.
Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don't have a place to breed, and treat water that can't be drained.
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