Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in five NJ counties

Trap tests positive for West Nile virus

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reassures the public that there hasn't been any human cases of West Nile Virus this year, but people should still take the necessary precautions.

Additional mosquitoes in CT have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

There were an additional 409 cases of West Nile-positive mosquito pools. "The most effective prevention is to dump standing water where mosquitoes breed". Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset.

The virus has been detected in the state since 1999. Since 2004, 232 residents have been infected with the virus, 8 of which have lost their lives.

-Trimming tall grass, weeds, and vines, as mosquitos use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours, and landscaping to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

In addition to birds and humans, horses are also affected by West Nile virus.

Some people who contract West Nile develop neurological syndrome, which can be deadly.

-Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors.

The West Nile virus originated in Uganda in 1937 when it was isolated in a woman in the West Nile area of the country, according to the World Health Organization.

Old tires are a flawless breeding site for mosquitoes and should be discarded.

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