A case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Jersey County. Officials with the Jersey County Health Department posted the notice on their Facebook page that the West Nile case was confirmed last Saturday and that the victim was hospitalized.
The case involves a more serious case of West Nile that affects the nervous system. West Nile is transmitted by mosquitoes and can be quite serious especially for children, the elderly and those with already weakened immune systems. Most people are not impacted at all by West Nile, or might only have mild symptoms like fever, headache, vomiting or diarrhea. Health officials say the best way to avoid mosquito bites is to wear long pants and long sleeve shirts outdoors in the early morning or early evening when mosquitoes are most active. You’re also encouraged to check your surroundings for standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs.