New Jersey health officials report that the state has seen its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year. Positive samples for West Nile have been found in Clark County for several years.
Officials say positive mosquito batches have been found in traps located in every community the district serves.
Although most people don't develop symptoms, approximately 20 percent of those infected will develop an infection known as West Nile Fever, according to the CDC.
"It's a good reminder this is the time of year that we have to be concerned about West Nile regardless of where the traps are and really take precautions for ourselves". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that one in 150 people infected develop a serious illness that affects the central nervous system.
Health officials say the virus has been detected in 169 mosquito samples from across the state.
The Health Department said the public can assist in identifying areas with water which could become potential breeding sites for the mosquitos, which lay their eggs in water. In severe cases, the virus can cause paralysis or death.
Troy urges its residents to be proactive with preventative measures and avoiding mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves, using insect repellents and preventing babies and younger children from coming in contact with mosquitos.