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|Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.|
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A 50 year-old man from
“West Nile virus is seen most often during
Many people infected with West Nile Virus do not become ill and may not develop symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may be mild or severe and show up three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Mild symptoms include flu-like illness with fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Severe symptoms include high fever, neck stiffness and swelling of the brain (encephalitis) which can lead to coma, convulsions and death.
Residents should be sure to survey their property and remove any items that can collect rain or sprinkled water. Items such as clogged gutters, flowerpots and old tires are prime breeding grounds for species of mosquitoes most likely to transmit West Nile Virus.
People are also advised to apply insect repellant to their clothing and exposed skin in accordance with labeling directions, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants (weather permitting) outdoors, and limit outdoor activities at dawn, dusk and during evening hours.
Last year, 30 cases of West Nile Virus, including two deaths, were reported to the Department.
For more information on prevention measures and the latest on WNV in
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360