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Ridgewood NJ, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection , with reports of West Nile virus illnesses in people at a record level and persistent warm and rainy weather, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Health are urging property owners to take steps to reduce mosquito populations and to protect themselves against the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses.
Both agencies are also working coordinating with officials in Bergen County to continue monitoring, tracking and spraying efforts as well as public education. The county recently experienced two West Nile-related deaths.
Mosquitoes can breed even in the smallest amount of water. Dump all water that collects in your back yard to reduce mosquito risks!
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Trenton NJ, West Nile Virus cases in New Jersey are reaching record highs with a total of 31 human cases reported statewide so far this year — two of which were deaths associated with the virus among Bergen County residents.
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First case of West Nile Virus confirmed in New Jersey
PUBLISHED AUG 11, 2014 AT 4:37 PM (UPDATED AUG 11, 2014)
The Department of Health is reporting its first human case of West Nile Virus to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an individual who is recovering at home after being hospitalized.
“Most human cases of West Nile virus typically appear from August through October. To prevent mosquito bites, residents should use insect repellant with DEET and, weather permitting, wear clothing with long sleeves and long pants,” said Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd.
The confirmed case involves a 49-year-old Gloucester County resident who developed symptoms including fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, rash and meningitis. The individual was hospitalized and is recovering at home. The resident was likely exposed to the virus while doing yard work and other outdoor activities at home.
West Nile Virus has been identified among mosquitos in the following 16 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren.
Additional protection measures include:
Maintaining screen doors and windows
Using insect netting on infant carriers and strollers
Removing and/or draining outdoor containers with standing water
In 2013, there were 12 cases of WNV in New Jersey, including two fatalities. In 2012 there were 48 cases and six fatalities, and in 2011 there were seven cases and no fatalities.
– See more at: http://spartaindependent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140811/NEWS01/140819991/First-case-of-West-Nile-Virus-confirmed-in-New-Jersey#sthash.YSYXRUt9.dpuf