Mosquito Alert: First Case Of West Nile Virus Reported In New Jersey

Grant Boone
July 4, 2019

Indiana StateDepartment of Health (ISDH) officials have confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes in two counties and are urging Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves from the insects and the diseases they can carry.

Health officials in Marion and Hamilton counties said Tuesday they've found such mosquitoes for the first time this year.

The North Dakota Department of Health says people infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms.

Some people infected with West Nile virus are asymptomatic.

Many people who have been infected with the illness do not show symptoms, which run the gamut of severity from mild to severe.

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"Controlling New Jersey's mosquito population is a major part of protecting our public health", DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said in a release.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.

Stay indoors from dusk until dawn. "Dumping out standing water on your property goes a long way toward reducing mosquito bites by limiting where they grow". "Symptoms range from a slight headache and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain or brain tissue and, in rare cases, death".

Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets, and barrels.

West Nile virus was confirmed in most in counties in 2018.

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