New Jersey reports first human case of West Nile virus this year

New Jersey reports first human case of West Nile virus this year

New Jersey reports first human case of West Nile virus this year

West Nile virus is a relatively common disease; Cabell County also confirmed cases in 2017 and 2015. Because of patient privacy rights under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), no additional identifying information will be made available to the public.

State officials recommend people use mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.

People mildly affected by West Nile might have a fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible, the release said.

However, in fact, this involved the first human case reported in Mobile County this year.

While people should be concerned, only one case of West Nile has been documented since previous year.

Cases of the West Nile virus have also been reported in 2018 in Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Serbia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. With WNV and EEE established throughout the state, DEM and RIDOH remind the public to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and prevent being bitten, whenever possible. Eliminate all sources of standing water by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets and other containers.

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DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.).

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and long-sleeved shirts.

Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older, according to the department.

Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing holes in screens and making sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows.

"All residents must take these warning signs very seriously because the risk for West Nile virus is very high", he added.

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