Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus found in Jeffersonville


New Jersey health officials report that the state has seen its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year.

"West Nile virus is on the rise in Davis as many dead birds and mosquitoes have tested positive for the disease", according to an update from the city.

According to Wayland Health, the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project is seeing "West Nile Virus positive pools in much of our district which is typical for this time of year".

Positive mosquito samples also have been found throughout the city.

Testing for infected mosquitoes will continue in Clark County.

Mosquito pools in every county in New Jersey except for Passaic have tested positive for the virus.

Anyone concerned about mosquitoes should avoid being out at dawn and dusk.

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Most people infected with the virus don't show symptoms, but those who have a reaction may experience fever, nausea, headaches and muscle aches for a few days or weeks.

Health officials say the virus has been detected in 169 mosquito samples from across the state.

The CCHD says that the infected person is over the age of 65 and was exhibiting WNV symptoms, which led to being tested, but is not able to release any other patient-specific information due to privacy laws.

Mosquito-borne diseases are typically more prevalent in late summer and early fall. Wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat is recommended, as is using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.

Remove areas of standing water around your home to eliminate sources of mosquito breeding.

While most people who get the West Nile virus only get mild symptoms, there is the chance for it to develop into something more threatening.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes and fix or replace screens with tears or holes.