West Nile Virus: Every Summer and Fall

West Nile Virus: Every Summer and FallThe presence of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in Morris County and New Jersey during this time of year is not uncommon. Active monitoring is performed by the Morris County Mosquito Control Division. Spraying of affected areas to control the mosquito is scheduled throughout the county and can be found at https://morriscountynj.gov/mosquito.

A bite from an infected mosquito can result in West Nile Virus, an infection that can cause serious illness. While many do not become sick, persons who are 50 and older are at higher risk for serious illness. Symptoms include flu-like illness, including fever, headache, body aches, nausea, skin rash, and swollen lymph glands.

Many types of mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant (still) water. Areas where mosquito breeding can occur include birdbaths, containers, flowerpot drain pans, discarded tires, clogged gutters/downspouts and decorative ponds. Residents are advised to check their properties and remove/drain standing water.

To reduce risk of West Nile Virus, preventing mosquito bites is important. Residents are advised to take the following steps:

  • Install or repair window screens
  • Use insect repellent when outdoors. DEET is the “gold-standard” fro mosquito repellents.
  • Wear light-colored clothes with long sleeves and long pants. Mosquitoes are more attracted to dark-colored clothers.
  • Limit time outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (during dusk and dawn).
  • Use mosquito netting on infant carriers and strollers while outdoors.

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