Health Officials: 3 People Test Positive For West Nile Confirmed In NJ

Henrietta Strickland
August 20, 2018

A pool of mosquitoes found in Monroe Center tested positive for West Nile virus.

District Scientific Programs Manager Steve Schultz said in a statement that the area is entering peak West Nile virus season, and people in Contra Costa County should protect themselves from mosquito bites.

The district is reporting this is the first West Nile virus activity of the year in Antioch, Quimby Island and Concord. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

According to Wisconsin DHS the majority of West Nile humans cases happen in August and September, but the risk of catching the illness happens anytime mosquitoes are out. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.

Precautions include practicing the three "R's" - reduce, repel, and report. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. The most common mosquito breeding grounds on your property are water in flower pots, gutters, pet bowls, inflatable pools and birdbaths.

-Apply a mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection officials remind residents that keeping the insects out of their residences and off their skin are most effective.

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