As of August 11, 171 dead birds infected with West Nile virus had been recorded across the state, compared with 914 at the same time a year ago, according to the California Department of Public Health.
The Ohio Department of Health tested a collected sample of mosquitoes from Turtlecreek Township June 27 and the results came back positive for West Nile virus Tuesday.
"Finding West Nile virus in mosquitoes from more than half of Indiana's counties means that the risk is increasing statewide".
WNV is most commonly transmitted to people and animals through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus.
The province and 36 municipal health authorities have been monitoring the virus in mosquito populations since it first arrived in Canada in 2001.
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According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200 cases of the illness have been reported nationwide so far this year.
Toronto, Mississauga and the Toronto Islands all had mosquitoes trap test positive for the virus. The presence of West Nile virus also has been found in horses from Adams and LaGrange County.
No human cases have been reported locally this year. "Monterey County residents should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites", Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno said in a statement. Those 50 and older have the highest risk of severe disease.
The inspection turned up no signs of standing water which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, according to the release. Mosquitoes grow in standing water. When outside, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.