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NJ Health Officials Report First West Nile-Related Death

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New Jersey reports its first West Nile virus related death. Test results now show a 76-year-old Camden County man –who died last month– had the mosquito-born illness.

mosquito picture NJ Health Officials Report First West Nile Related Death

KYW’s John McDevitt reports New Jersery health officials say serious underlying medical conditions may have contributed to his death.

There are 11 New Jersey residents that have tested positive this year including the man who died of the virus.

Dr. Tina Tan is with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

“West Nile virus this year has been more active in comparison to previous years so we certainly do encourage that everybody, especially those who are potentially more at risk for complications of West Nile virus – that is the elderly and those with weakened immune systems – should take precautions from mosquito bites.”

Dr. Tan says including applying insect repellent not only to your exposed skin but to clothing, and getting rid of standing water on properties which could be a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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