West Nile Virus detected in Elkhart

Henrietta Strickland
July 6, 2019

TRENTON-New Jersey health officials have confirmed the state's first human case of the West Nile virus this year, the earliest it has ever been detected in state history. He was hospitalized for several days and is now recovering at home, according to a press release from the state.

It's just one of the active surveillance techniques being used to try and track the potential spread of Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus in Ontario. Mild symptoms of illness may include headaches, body aches, joint pain or a rash.

He encouraged residents to reduce their risk by applying mosquito repellents to clothes and exposed skin, wearing trousers and long sleeves when outdoors, limiting time outdoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and getting rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed. Most people who become infected with the virus will not develop any symptoms of illness. Less than 1 percent of infected people will develop severe symptoms.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus. Adults 60 and older have the highest risk of severe illness caused by West Nile virus.

PHOTO VIA PEXELS A mosquito bites a person's skin.

"Controlling New Jersey's mosquito population is a major part of protecting our public health", said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. "Dumping out standing water on your property goes a long way toward reducing mosquito bites by limiting where they grow". "Residents are encouraged to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites". "Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, it is after a rain event that they start to lay their eggs". Though the mosquito that can carry the La Crosse virus, the Eastern treehole mosquito, is "most commonly found in the eastern and southern areas of the state where much of the silver maple, oak and beech tree forest habitats appropriate for breeding are found", these mosquitoes can be found in many different wooded habitats throughout the state, according to the website. Contact with mosquitoes can also be reduced by using air-conditioning when possible and ensuring window screens are in good fix. WNV is not directly transmitted from birds to humans.

Visit www.cor.net/mosquito for more information.

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