Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Four additional mosquito samples in Atlantic County have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The latest samples were collected in Linwood in the 300 block of Beech Avenue and the 300 block of Marvin Avenue. In Northfield, positive samples were found again in the 1200 block of Zion Road and the 700 block of Debora Street. Previous positive samples were also found in Hammonton and Pleasantville. The county’s Division of Public Health continues to conduct outreach and education in locations where positive samples have been identified.
West Nile Virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to birds, animals and humans. Most infected humans will not develop symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but those who do may experience a fever, headache and body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.
State health officials have confirmed three human cases of West Nile Virus in 2018, but none so far in Atlantic County. The cases involved elderly residents in Essex, Hudson and Hunterdon counties.
“West Nile Virus can pose greater risk to the elderly or those with compromised immune systems,” noted Health Officer Patricia Diamond. Health officials encourage residents to reduce their risk and the spread of West Nile Virus by following these tips:
* Use an insect repellent whenever going outdoors. Repellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied as directed. Be sure to follow product directions carefully and consult with your child’s doctor prior to using on children.
* Rid properties of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water. Mosquitoes do not travel far from where they breed. Buckets, bird baths, flower pots and other containers can hold water and provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty these containers regularly.
* Clean clogged gutters; check and repair screen doors.
For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the Atlantic County Web site at: www.aclink.org/publichealth or call the Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971. If you need assistance in removing stagnant puddles or floodwater from your property, call the Office of Mosquito Control at (609) 645-5948.