New Jersey health officials report that the state has seen its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year. The individual, a 78-year-old resident of Fairfield, was hospitalized but is recovering.
The positive findings came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff and tested at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) State Health Laboratories.
The last human case reported in Cascade County was in 2015, according to a press release from the Cascade City-County Health Department.
West Nile Virus was found to be present in mosquitoes collected for sampling last Thursday. Most infected people do not have symptoms or they may have mild symptoms including headaches, body aches and a fever.
To test for the virus, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health conducts an adult mosquito surveillance program. Preventing mosquito-borne diseases can be achieved by taking simple steps.
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.
Consider the use of CDC-recommended mosquito repellents, containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or 2-undecanone, and apply according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors. It's also recommending that residents reduce their time spent outside during dusk and dawn, wear long sleeves and long trousers.
Keep mosquitoes outside by ensuring all screens are in good fix. During all of 2017, there was one human case reported while the total number of ZIP Codes testing positive was four.
Eliminate standing water suitable for mosquitoes.
Empty, drain, remove, cover or turn upside down any container that can hold water. Empty flower pots, children's toys, uncovered rain barrels and wading pools, and use screens on any windows which are open.
Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
Residents have the ability to request their properties be excluded from the spraying through the state's website or by contacting the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project 413-447-9808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.