Atlantic County Confirms More West Nile Virus Samples

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West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. (Photo Wikipedia)

West Nile virus has been confirmed in two mosquito samples collected by the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control on Aug. 24. These are the fourth and fifth samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus in Atlantic County this year.

One mosquito collection from Somers Point and two from Hammonton were previously confirmed positive. The most recent samples were collected from the 6400 block of Holly Street in Hamilton Township and 10th Avenue and Duerer Street in Egg Harbor City.

There are no reported human cases of the virus at this time.

County public health and mosquito control officials are conducting mosquito surveillance, implementing additional control measures and providing educational materials to area residents and businesses.

West Nile virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to birds, animals and humans. Health officials encourage residents to reduce their risk and the spread of West Nile virus by reducing their exposure to mosquito bites by following these tips:

  • Use an insect repellent whenever going outdoors. Repellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of products containing active ingredients that have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied as directed. Be sure to follow product directions carefully and consult with your child’s doctor prior to using on children.
  • Rid properties of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water. Mosquitoes do not travel far from where they breed. Buckets, bird baths, flower pots and other containers can hold water and provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty these containers regularly.
  • Clean clogged gutters; check and repair screen doors.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit the Atlantic County Web site at www.aclink.org/publichealth or call the Division of Public Health at 609-645-5971. If you need assistance in removing stagnant puddles or floodwater from your property, call the Office of Mosquito Control at 609-645-5948.