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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   October 3, 2002


Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

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Seventh New Jersey Resident Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services announced today that a 60-year-old Yardville (Mercer County) woman has become the seventh New Jersey resident infected with West Nile virus.

The woman was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, on August 24. Her inpatient clinical condition was characterized by fever and neurological findings. The patient improved and was discharged from the hospital on September 11 and is recovering at home. She does not have a history of recent blood transfusions or organ transplants.

TThe New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories conducted testing on patient samples and reported positive results late yesterday.

The Yardville woman is the fourth Mercer County resident to test positive this season. The other cases are from Hudson, Burlington and Cape May counties.

"The number of patients diagnosed with West Nile virus in New Jersey this year is similar to the numbers reported in recent years, six cases in 2000 and 12 in 2001," said New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. "County-based mosquito control efforts and residents' use of appropriate protective measures to reduce the risk of mosquito bites have resulted in less West Nile virus-related illness than other parts of the country and no West Nile virus-related deaths.''

Residents are advised to continue to protect themselves from infection until the weather changes and frost appears.

For more information on West Nile virus, visit the state's home page at and click on "West Nile virus.''

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