New Jersey health officials reported that the state has recorded its first death from West Nile virus.
Garden State recorded eight cases of neuroinvasive West Nile disease a disease that can be serious and in some cases fatal, Six of these patients were hospitalized. The death occurred in Bergen County.
Officials told residents this They expect more cases, especially because West Nile virus activity appears to be higher in 2023 due to the combination of heat and rain.
“With the persistent rain and warm weather, We can expect mosquito season and the potential for disease transmission to continue well into the fall.“ New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said in a statement.
“Managing our mosquito population through our mosquito control agencies and individual efforts to eliminate suitable insect habitat plays an important role in protecting public health.” LaTourette said. “Eliminate standing water in your yard and cover or turn over empty containers that may have water in them for several days.”
For all of the above applies: Citizens should use insect repellent and limit outdoor time when mosquito activity is highest especially between dusk and dawn, says Dr. Kaitlan Baston, acting New Jersey health commissioner.
There have been a total of 14 cases of the disease in New York City this year (confirmed cases of encephalitis, meningitis or acute facial paralysis), including three infections on Staten Island.
Additionally, Three new cases have been reported in the last seven days according to the city’s health department.
West Nile virus can cause fever, body aches, joint pain, and other symptoms in about 20% of cases. SI Live reported.
Although most people recover fully, fatigue and weakness can last for several weeks and even months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly One in 150 infected people develops neuroinvasive West Nile disease, which affects the central nervous system. Officials said one in 10 cases is fatal.
For its part, the New York City Department of Health has conducted numerous aerial larvicide and truck-based adulticide treatments since mosquito season began on Staten Island.
The public is encouraged to report standing water by calling 311 or going to nyc.gov/health/wnv. For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.