"Based on the data we have so far this season, we know that cases of infected mosquitoes are rising at levels that are higher than normal, and that's why it is essential for people to take extra precautions", Malloy said.
According to the Fairfax County Health Department, an adult resident living in the northeastern part of Fairfax County was hospitalized from the virus.
According to the July 24 report, state officials have reported the virus in humans, mosquitoes, birds and sentinel and veterinary animals in a total of 36 states, including Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. The birds act as a host for the West Nile Virus.
Helwig and Carroll said the wet, hot weather is driving the increase in West Nile. They also warn that there is no specific treatment for the virus or a cure.
The health department also suggests mosquito-proofing your home by installing screens on windows and doors and using air conditioning, if available.
In addition to routine spraying to control the mosquito population, the DEP recommends using EPA- registered insect repellants, wearing long pans and sleeves to reduce exposure and eliminating standing water around your property.
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Human and non-human cases of West Nile Virus by state.
To curb the ballooning threat of West Nile Virus, an aerial insecticide spraying has to be conducted.
"Basically, that means those mosquitoes are out there and this is the time to be the most cautious", said Parks and Recreation Director Ron Klock.
Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix. Wearing long trousers and long sleeves to cover exposed skin can also mitigate bites. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents.