HACKETTSTOWN – A mosquito sample taken last week in Hackettstown has tested positive for West Nile Virus, town police said.
Mosquitoes of the genus Culex, the type that transmits West Nile, were collected in a trap on East Baldwin Street July 26, according to a post on the Hackettstown Police Department Facebook page. The collective sample was sent to the state Public Health and Environmental Lab in Trenton Monday, where testing showed the presence of the virus.
The post stated that 13 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Warren County so far in 2018. It also noted that mid- to late-August is the peak time for humans and other mammals to obtain the infection.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health Vector-Borne Surveillance Report, data as of July 28 indicated two positive West Nile Virus samples in Sussex County this year. Passaic and Union counties are the only ones in the state that have yet to receive a positive test in 2018.
The report indicated no human cases of West Nile in New Jersey had been confirmed so far this year.
Spraying treatments to reduce adult mosquito populations in the Hackettstown area, referred to as adulticiding, are tentatively scheduled for Monday night, according to the Hackettstown Police post.
Mild symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, tiredness and swollen lymph glands and can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Less than 1 percent of those infected with the virus develop a severe illness, with additional symptoms including disorientation, tremors, muscle weakness, numbness and paralysis. Neurological effects of West Nile Virus may be permanent, and the infection can be fatal in certain cases.
Hackettstown 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.
For more information, click the links below:
Updated West Nile Virus activity in the county: http://www.warrencountymosquito.org/diseasesurveillance.php
Information on West Nile Virus, repellents, etc. from the Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/features/StopMosquitoes/
Notice of spraying to be done for adult mosquitoes in the county: http://www.warrencountymosquito.org/adulticide.php
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