New Jersey Man Dies Of West Nile Virus, County Officers Report

New Jersey Man Dies Of West Nile Virus, County Officers Report

A person in New Jersey died of West Nile Virus in July. The virus is alleged to be “uncommon” within the state, however its prevalence has been rising just lately.

A resident of Camden County in New Jersey died of West Nile Virus in July, county officers confirmed in an announcement Saturday. The unidentified man, who was in his 60s, was admitted to a neighborhood hospital with signs in step with the virus on July 16. He was later discharged to a neighborhood sub-acute care middle the place he died.

West Nile Virus is uncommon within the state of New Jersey, based on Nonetheless, it does happen.

“West Nile Virus sometimes impacts a small variety of New Jersey residents every year, nonetheless the prevalence of the virus has been rising just lately,” Dr. Paschal Nwako, county well being officer, mentioned in the county assertion. “Our ideas and prayers are with the sufferer and his household. The Camden County Division of Well being is continuous to work with the Mosquito Fee to make sure that further spraying and testing might be carried out within the space.”

West Nile Virus In The U.S.

First showing within the U.S. in 1999, West Nile Virus is alleged to be the main trigger of mosquito-borne illness within the continental United States. It’s transmitted to people by way of the chew of an contaminated mosquito, with the instances occurring throughout mosquito season, which is often from summer time by way of fall. 

From 2008 to 2018, there have been a complete of 21,869 confirmed or possible instances of West Nile Virus illness reported to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Among the many instances, 89% of all of the sufferers had sickness onset from July to September.

There may be to date no vaccine or remedy to deal with West Nile Virus in individuals, the CDC mentioned, noting that “most” of the individuals who do get contaminated with the illness don’t really feel sick. For individuals who do, signs they could expertise embody fever, an altered psychological standing, complications and neurological dysfunction.

“About 1 in 5 people who find themselves contaminated develop a fever and different signs,” the CDC famous. “About 1 out of 150 contaminated individuals develop a critical, typically deadly, sickness.”

Stop Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

There are a number of necessary issues to be aware of in stopping mosquito bites. These embody utilizing Environmental Safety Company (EPA)-registered insect repellent when outside, limiting time outside throughout nightfall and daybreak as that is when the mosquitoes are most energetic and utilizing mosquito netting on strollers or toddler carriers when outside. It is also necessary to put on light-colored garments with lengthy sleeves and lengthy pants as mosquitoes are mentioned to be extra interested in dark-colored garments.

At house, it is necessary to clear the place of mosquito breeding websites by eliminating standing water and putting in window screens so the mosquitoes will not be capable of get inside.

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