Last year, 61 people were reportedly infected with West Nile, the most ever in the Garden State.
Symptoms include headache, body pain and joint pain. Most people recover quickly, but fatigue may last weeks or months after infection. In more severe cases, people develop encephalitis and meningitis. There is no treatment for the virus itself.
West Nile has killed about 2,000 people since its first discovery in the United States in 1999. It is usually spread through bites from infected mosquitoes, not through human to human contact. It is the most common disease transmitted from mosquitoes to humans in the United States, CDC says.
To prevent multiple infections, Elnahal urged people to wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, using EPA-registered insecticide and draining any standing water in their yards.