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November 17, 2003

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

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New Jersey Reports 30th and 31st Human Cases of West Nile Virus Infection



TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) reported its 30th and 31st human cases of West Nile virus infection in New Jersey this year, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. announced today.

The 30th case is a 34 year-old Wildwood (Cape May County) woman who had onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, photophobia and rash on September 25, 2003 and was diagnosed with meningitis. She was never hospitalized and is doing well.


The 31st case is a 31 year-old Cranford (Union County) man who had an onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, photophobia, rash, nausea and vomiting on October 15, 2003.  He was hospitalized on October 22, 2003 and diagnosed with meningitis.  He was discharged on November 1, 2003 and is recovering at home.

Information on New Jersey’s current number of confirmed West Nile cases in humans, crows and mosquito pools is available on the DHSS web site at by clicking on the West Nile virus link.  The site also has information on transmission, symptoms and protective measures New Jerseyans can take.

Data regarding nationally confirmed cases and trends can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

New Jersey's West Nile virus surveillance, control and prevention activities involve the coordinated efforts of a number of federal, state and local agencies. These include the New Jersey Departments of Health and Senior Services, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture, the CDC, the State Mosquito Control Commission, the Rutgers Mosquito Research and Control Unit, and local health and mosquito control agencies.


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