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Officials Confirm First West Nile Virus Case in Bergen County

County officials urge residents to take precautions against mosquito-borne virus.

An 80-year-old man has become the first case of West Nile Virus reported in Bergen County, officials said Friday.

The resident is recovering from the mosquito-borne virus at a rehabilitation center, according to a statement from the county executive’s office.

“Residents of Bergen County are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites,” the statement said. “The Bergen County Mosquito Control Division has been conducting larvicide applications around the county on a regular basis in response to West Nile Virus surveillance results.”

Bergen County officials published a list of precautions online, including using insect repellent and removing standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

The recent spread of West Nile Virus has reached its highest levels since 1999, when the virus was first detected in the United States, the state health department said Thursday. In New Jersey, officials have confirmed eight total cases this year in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Nationally, most of the more than 1,500 cases have been confirmed in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Michigan, Oklahoma and South Dakota, state officials said.

"West Nile Virus cases tend to increase in late summer and fall and residents should take steps to prevent mosquito bites,” state Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd said in a statement. “Residents should protect themselves by using repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants and avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active."

Most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, according to health officials. Although some people will have mild to moderate symptoms including fever, headache, rash, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph nodes.

More information on the virus is available online from the New Jersey Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ulises September 03, 2012 at 03:20 AM
My brother-in-law, special forces military officer, told me in the early nineties, when in training he was given an Avon product to put on for mosquitoes. If it may help, like Off, and btw, I've bitten on Off, why not try it. Donna, I was just telling my wife I've always wonder what the name of that Avon product was, of course she said, "I knew that". Anyway, thank you, where can I buy it - the squitoes love me.
Donna Colucci September 03, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Avon.com? I rarely get bit. My daughter hardly gets bit...but you must have fast blood! They can hear it, LOL Happy Labor Day of Love!
Deleted because of harassment September 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
FDA on repellants that WORK: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/RepellentUpdates.htm Skin-so-soft does not, and does not contain any of the known, tested ingredients that repell mosquitos and other biting insects. There are people that swear by all sorts of folk remedies, includiing pennies in a plastic bag, garlic, and beer, but when you are combating a potentially deadly disease, you might want to rely on science and not stuff someone read on the internet or word of mouth from a company that makes bubble bath (which is what SSS is).
Andy Schmidt September 04, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Correct - people apply SSS and report that they had no bites. What, of course, they don't know is whether that person WOULD have been bitten at all on that particular day - even without the SSS. Typical anecdotal evidence - which was harmless as long as it's "just" a moscito bite, but NOW the stakes are higher. The SSS myth has been out there for decades (I originally heard it from fellow divers traveling to warm climates long before there was an Internet), it's amazing how peopel cling to those stories long after they have been disproven.
Dick Gozinia September 05, 2012 at 11:16 AM
It reminds me of my days in Nam with Malaria. Very Scary

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