Twelve new samples of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus this week. These positive mosquito samples were collected from Franklin Township, Phillipsburg, Oxford Township, Belvidere, White Township, Washington Township, and Hackettstown. The mosquitoes were collected between July 31 and August 2, 2018, and sent to the NJ Public Health and Environmental Lab in Trenton on Monday, August 6, 2018. Most of these samples were Culex mosquitoes, which is primarily a bird biting mosquito, showing the virus is circulating between the birds and the mosquitoes. However, the positive sample from Phillipsburg was Aedes albopictus, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, showing that the virus is now becoming present mosquitoes that are more likely to bite people.
So far this year, a total of twenty-six (26) samples of mosquitoes have tested positive in Warren County from: Belvidere (2), Franklin (4), Greenwich (1), Hackettstown (3), Harmony (4), Lopatcong (1), Oxford (3), Phillipsburg (4), and Washington Borough (1), Washington Township (2), and White (1). The average number of positive mosquito samples in Warren County is between 8 and 9 per year. Mid to late August is peak time for humans and other mammals to acquire this virus. There is one confirmed human case in NJ currently.
Treatments to reduce adult mosquito populations in areas currently active with West Nile virus are tentatively scheduled for Friday August 10, 2018 and Monday August 13, 2018. Please check the Commission’s website www.warrencountymosquito.org for more information or call our office at (908) 453-3585
PROTECT YOURSELF!!!!! Residents are urged to help reduce their risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases by following these guidelines:
- Don’t produce mosquitoes on your property. Dump or drain standing water. Mosquitoes can’t begin their life without water.
- Defend yourself against mosquitoes using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically Dawn and Dusk.
- Report neglected swimming pools by calling 908-453-3585 or visiting www.warrencountymosquito.org Anonymous calls accepted. Just one neglected pool can produce more than 1 million mosquitoes and affect people up to five miles away.
GENERAL WEST NILE VIRUS INFORMATION
West Nile virus symptoms of the mild form include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can be as short as a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks.
Less than one percent of individuals (about 1 in 150 people) infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. West Nile virus infection can be fatal.
Updated WNV activity in the county can be found at http://www.warrencountymosquito.org/diseasesurveillance.php
Information on WNV, repellents etc. from the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/features/StopMosquitoes/
Notice of spraying to be done for adult mosquitoes in the county can be found at http://www.warrencountymosquito.org/adulticide.php