Mosquito infected with West Nile Virus discovered in Garden Grove

Amos Gonzales
July 14, 2017

A mosquito in Montgomery County tested positive for West Nile virus, officials said Thursday.

New Jersey 101.5 reports that the detection of the West Nile virus in mosquitoes in the state is unusual for this time in the summer, citing Scott Crans, the administrator of the Office of Mosquito Control Coordination at the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The traps were set during the first week of July, and while the risk of contacting the virus is low, health officials say warmer summer temperatures create the flawless conditions for the virus to thrive.

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Residents are urged to take necessary precautions to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes by using mosquito repellent with DEET and wearing long sleeves/pants at dusk and dawn.

Citizens are also requested to check their property and remove any standing water such as bird baths, gutters and old tires. Check labels for picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Of the 20% that do show symptoms, most experience mild illness with symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, skin rash and occasionally, vomiting and nausea. Symptoms usually develop 2 to 14 days after receiving a bite from an infected mosquito.

CITY -Health officials in Cleveland County say one resident has already been infected with West Nile Virus.

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