New Jersey health officials have confirmed two more human cases of the West Nile virus, bringing the total to three.
The number of mosquito samples that tested positive for the disease is below a year ago: 1,805 positive samples were found by this time in 2017. The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites.
Although the numbers of those infected are not alarming, the fact is that West Nile Virus is still present in the state and can be a deadly threat. Experts advise that you avoid mosquito bites by using repellents and removing any areas with standing water after it rains.
It's also higher than the five-year average of West Nile during the same period. Symptoms of West Nile virus in humans may include fever, headache, tiredness, muscle aches, confusion, stiff neck, nausea, and sometimes a rash. This disease can affect anyone but those over age 50 or people having underlying health conditions are at greater risk of developing the more severe form of the disease.
The Health Department's West Nile Virus prevention advice is online here.
Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water on your property. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Make sure to drill holes at the bottom of containers that are used for recycling. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.
Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
Use window and door screens and fix any holes in screens to help keep mosquitoes outside.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, including those not in use. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.
The Brown County Health Department said the West Nile virus was recently found in a bird collected in the Clark/Pike township area.