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Health Department Confirms Two Cases Of West Nile Virus In Bergen County

Health Department Confirms Two Cases Of West Nile Virus In Bergen County

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported Monday the eighth human case of West Nile Virus infection in Dallas County this year.

There are no reported cases of human WNV in Passaic County, where only seven pools tested positive. He was hospitalized during his illness.

While outside, people should wear long sleeves and trousers, and use mosquito repellant with DEET or Picaridin to avoid being bitten.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The virus can infect people of all ages, but people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe illness. The first in SC this year. There are about 3,000 different species of mosquitoes worldwide, according to Mass.gov, and about 51 in MA. "Please continue to take precautions".

August and September are the months of peak West Nile virus activity in MI. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

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Staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn).

Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.

D- Drain - all standing water should be drained around the outside of a house. Rain gutters, drains, unused flower pots, and bird baths should be checked for standing water.

Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitos.

The Culex mosquito is one variety found in Utah that can carry the West Nile virus.


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