So far, no mosquito has been found in Warren County with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.
The very first positive test for the potentially fatal virus that causes brain infection came from a mosquito sample collected in August. 21 at Washington's Meadow Breeze Park announced the Washington State Mosquito Commission on Friday.
The same sample was also tested positive for the West Nile virus, the fourth of the county this season.
"Electrical and electronic equipment is very rare, especially in northern New Jersey. Said the mosquito commission. In Washington Township, mosquitoes will be killed by treatments, and more insects will be trapped for testing.
New Jersey registered a human case of electrical and electronic equipment in Somerset County this year. The State Department of Health, however, states that the virus was found in 48 mosquito samples in 11 counties, the most that the Garden State has seen in seven years at this time of the year.
The equine encephalitis virus is transmitted by mosquito bites. Infections in humans are rare – according to the CDC, in New Jersey between 2009 and 2018 there was only one case in humans.
Although EEE infections are rare, they can be very serious. According to the CDC, about 30% of those infected die and survivors may suffer from neurological problems. There is no vaccine against the disease.
According to the CDC, there are two types of infections that show symptoms after an incubation period of four to ten days: a systemic infection is abrupt and lasts one or two weeks. Malaise and joint or muscle pain.
The other is encephalitis, an infection of the brain. Signs appear after a few days of systemic illness and can be fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, a bluish complexion, cramps and coma.
"The most effective way to prevent infection with the Eastern equine encephalitis virus is to prevent mosquito bites."
This means that insects use repellents that contain DEET, IR3535 or lemon eucalyptus oil.
Also throw stagnant water on your property or leave it to eliminate mosquito habitats. The Warren County Mosquito Commission states that a neglected swimming pool can produce more than 1 million mosquitoes and infest humans at a distance of up to eight kilometers.
If you would like to report an anonymous standing pool, call the Mosquito Commission at 908-453-3585 or visit www.warrencountymosquito.org .
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