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West Nile Virus activity continues to increase in Warren County, mosquito spraying continues tonight

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The Warren County Mosquito Commission has announced that it will be spraying against mosquitoes in parts of Belvidere, Oxford Township and White Township tonight.

The mosquito spraying will go on from 6:3o p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Friday, October 12. (rain or temperature delay date will be October 15)

The following areas are scheduled to be treated:

  • Belvidere: Pequest Rd., Oxford St., Race St. and Parker St.
  • Oxford Township: Hill St., Wall St., Green St., Axford Ave., Pequest Rd., Bike Path, Lower Denmark Rd., Foundry St., Edison Rd., Jenson Dr., Oxford Quarry Rd. and Mt Pisgah Ave.
  • White Township: Mt. Pisgah Ave. and West Quarry Rd.

Warren County’s total positive mosquito samples is 80 for the year. Hackettstown has 13 positive mosquito samples, the most in Warren County, according to the commission.

For the first time since West Nile virus was first introduced into the US in 1999, there are 3 confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Warren County.

West Nile Virus cases in New Jersey are reaching record highs with a total of 50 human cases reported statewide so far this year. Three deaths so far this year from Bergen County have been reported. An additional 9 reports are under investigation. This is the highest number of cases ever reported in the state. In 2017, there was a total of 8 reported West Nile virus cases. A 62-year-old man and an elderly woman both passed away in September, according to the NJ Department of Health.

“The number of human West Nile Virus cases is the highest we’ve seen since 2012, and the season is not over yet,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “The pattern of hot and wet weather this summer has led to an increase in mosquito populations and associated viruses.”

The commission works conscientiously to prevent populations of biting adult mosquitoes by focusing control during larval stages so that the mosquitoes will not make it to the adult stage. Occasionally however, the need arises in which use of an additional method of control targeting the adult biting mosquitoes, called adulticiding, is used. When adult mosquitoes are present, no other type of control method performed by the Commission will work. Residents can limit exposure to biting adult mosquitoes through the use of repellents or by avoiding the outdoors completely.

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

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo Courtesy: CDC)