Health: First Cases Of Human West Nile Virus In Pennsylvania And New Jersey; Higher Than Normal Amount Of Mosquitoes Testing Positive For Virus
Pennsylvania and New Jersey have their first human cases of West Nile Virus this year, and they’re both from our area.
The state Health Department has found West Nile virus in mosquito pools in several New Jersey Counties.
Officials say a 73-year-old woman tested positive for the virus.
Weather experts say June was the wettest month on record for the Philadelphia region, and that could translate into a bad mosquito season later on this summer.
June has been a very wet month around here. So wet, in fact, it’s prompted an early start to efforts in South Jersey to keep the mosquito population in check.
Use of technology to track the flu and other illnesses is in its infancy, but it is the wave of the future.
Additionally, 44 mosquito samples in Pennsylvania have also tested positive.
If it seems as if you’re getting bitten by mosquitoes around the clock, it may not be your imagination.
There are approximately 300 million cases of malaria each year worldwide and over a million people die every year as a result. You might be surprised that there are about 1200 cases every year here in the US.
Government workers have been out in force spraying for mosquitos across eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and with all the rainwater dumped by recent storms their job won’t be ending anytime soon
With the city planning to spray for mosquitos in Fairmount Park around Robin Hood Dell East Tuesday evening, local beekeepers are voicing concern about the effects of the pesticide on bees and humans.
Ralph Shrom, spokesman for the Burlington County health department, says the infected mosquitos were found recently in routine testing.
According to a report in the journal Nature, scientists have demonstrated a mechanism that could reduce the incidence of malaria by genetically manipulating mosquito populations.
The West Nile virus season runs from April 1st through October 31st, and at this point county officials say it’s too early to say how severe the season will be.
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.