People who have milder symptoms might not realize they have contracted West Nile, she said.
Even though West Nile fever is considered milder than West Nile neuroinvasive disease, recovery can be difficult. Bradley said it can take weeks, and sometimes months, for a person who develops West Nile fever to feel normal again.
Common symptoms of West Nile fever include headache, fever and tiredness. Some people might also develop a rash, according to the Health Department.
Public health officials have urged residents to take precautions against mosquitoes by emptying standing water around their homes and using mosquito repellent while outdoors.
Although it's September, the state Health Department continues to report new cases of West Nile virus, Bradley said.
“We are still having persons becoming ill from exposure that are occurring in September,” Bradley said. “Our West Nile virus-spreading mosquitoes are very active, and people shouldn't let their guard down and not become one of our statistics, but really routinely use their repellent.”