GLOUCESTER Twp., N.J., (CBS/AP) – Officials say a 68-year-old man has been hospitalized with West Nile Virus in Camden County.
The man has been confirmed as the county’s first case of West Nile Virus. This is the second confirmed human case in New Jersey this year (see previous story). Last Friday, health officials announced a 55-year-old Burlington County man was hospitalized with West Nile Virus, but has since been released.
Health officials in Pennsylvania also confirmed the first human cases of West Nile Virus of the year last week. A Montgomery County man was treated for West Nile infection, while a York County man also tested positive but did not require hospitalization (see previous story).
Camden County officials say the man was admitted to Cooper University Hospital on August 12th. He was moved to the intensive care unit the following day, where he currently remains.
Officials advise residents to check their property for any object that holds water for more than a few days. All pre-adult mosquito stages (eggs, larvae, and pupae) must be in stagnant water in order to develop into adult mosquitoes. According to Camden County officials:
- Swimming pools are a common problem. All pools must be checked and maintained to keep them mosquito-free. Swimming pools can breed mosquitoes within days after you stop adding chlorine or other disinfectant. Pool covers can catch rainwater and become a mosquito development site. Add a little chlorine to kill mosquitoes.
- Maintain screens to prevent adult mosquitoes from entering your home or business.
- Personal protection is strongly urged if you are outside when mosquitoes may be active—generally dawn and dusk. Insect repellants containing between 10-35% DEET are very effective, however, be sure to follow the label directions and take extra precautions with children and infants.
The Camden County Mosquito Commission suggests checking around your yard for mosquito breeding containers. The following is a checklist of tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding:
- Dispose of unnecessary containers that hold water. Containers you wish to save turn upside down or put holes in the bottom so all water drains out.
- Lift up flowerpots and dump the water from the dish underneath every week.
- Stock fish or add mosquito larvicide to ornamental ponds.
- Change water in bird baths, fountains, and animal troughs weekly.
- Screen vents to septic and other water tanks.
- Store small boats upside down and large boats so they drain. If covered, keep the tarp tight so water does not pool on top of the tarp.
- Do not dump leaves or grass clippings into a catch basin or streams.
- Do not allow water to collect on sagging tarps or awnings.
- Do not allow trashcan lids to fill with water.
- Check downspouts that are able to hold enough water to allow mosquito larvae to mature.
For more information, or to report a problem, contact the Camden County Mosquito Commission at (856) 566-2945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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