By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia health officials announced Tuesday the first human case of the West Nile virus in the city for 2019. The virus is a neurologic infection that is spread by infected mosquitoes biting humans.

“We all have a role in preventing the spread of West Nile Virus. And it’s easy to do: wear mosquito repellent and dump out standing water,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said in a statement.

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A majority of the people who are infected with the virus will not develop symptoms, however, one in five will come down with a fever and flu-like symptoms. One in 150 people will develop a severe infection that causes inflammation of the brain or spine that could lead to death.

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There were 17 West Nile virus cases in the city last year.

To report mosquito problems, contact the health department at 215-685-9000.

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