A resident of Hunterdon County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus; The state's first case of the mosquito spreading disease this year and the earliest ever reported in New Jersey announced health officials Tuesday.
"This is the earliest one case of the West Nile virus has been discovered in New Jersey," New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said in a release. "It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves by using repellent substances, wearing long sleeves and pants and avoiding outdoors in dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. "[1
Health officials confirmed that he had contracted with the West Nile virus spread by mosquitoes feeding on an infected bird on Tuesday.
In 2018, 61 people were infected by West Nile virus, which marked the highest number of cases ever reported in the state, according to a section of the health report. Three people died of the disease in Bergen County, which had the highest number of reported cases.
Many people who are infected with the virus do not get sick and do not develop symptoms, but when they do, they may include flu-like diseases or more severe symptoms such as brain swelling that can lead to coma, seizures and death. said the department.
There is no specific treatment for the disease and the best way to prevent it being to avoid mybicide, officials say.
"Managing New Jersey's mosquito population is a big part of protecting our public health," DEP commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said in a publication. "Dumping out standing water on your property goes a long way towards reducing mosquito bites by limiting where they grow. Everywhere that gathers water can grow mosquitoes so you can control flower pots, pet food and walks, bird baths, swim caps and others. sites can reduce the risk of mygbid and the diseases they can carry. "
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