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First ever Warren County case of West Nile virus confirmed

 WARREN COUNTY, NJ –  For the first time since West Nile virus was first introduced into the US in 1999, there is a confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Warren County. 

The report didn’t say where in Warren County the person lived.

The state has confirmed 19 human infections so far this year, with at least seven more under investigation.

The Warren County Mosquito Commission has announced that Warren County’s total positive mosquito samples is 61 for the year, which is up 16 more positive samples from the previous report.

Hackettstown has 12 positive mosquito samples, the most in Warren County, according to the commission.

For more information visit warrencountymosquito.org or call 908-453-3585 during regular business hours.

Residents, business owners and contractors can take these steps to reduce mosquito populations on their properties:

  • Empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels and cans at least once or twice a week.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters.
  • Check for and remove any containers or trash that may be difficult to see, such as under bushes, homes or around building exteriors.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents when outdoors and wear protective clothing.
  • Stay in air-conditioned places or rooms with window screens that prevent access by mosquitoes.
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.
  • Drill holes in the bottom and elevate recycling containers that are left outdoors.
  • Repair and clean storm-damaged roof gutters, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees tend to clog drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Avoid allowing water to stagnate in bird baths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens become major mosquito producers if they stagnate.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, including those not in use. An untended swimming pool can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.
  • Repair and maintain barriers, such as window and door screens, to prevent mosquitoes from entering buildings. Barriers over rain barrels or cistern and septic pipes will prevent female mosquitoes from laying eggs on water.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Courtesy NJDEP)