As of September 7, 422 dead birds from 18 counties have tested positive for West Nile, as well as 1,606 mosquito samples from 28 counties, according to the Department of Public Health.
Mosquitos from a trapping station tested positive for the potentially deadly virus August 29.
In 2017, a total of 18 cases were reported in Arkansas, but in 2012 ADH reported that 64 were infected with the West Nile Virus.
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. People over 60 years of age have the highest risk for a serious illness.
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.
Environmentally-friendly larvicides are used to control the mosquito vector, Colby said.
"Nevertheless, it is hard to know exactly how many cases there are, because 80 per cent of those that get infected with West Nile show no symptoms at all", he added.
Through a news release the ISDH provided the following steps to help residents reduce the threat of West Nile virus in their area. "This case of West Nile virus is an important reminder to stay vigilant and protect ourselves and loved ones from potential infection when outdoors".