EHC mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus

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EGG HARBOR CITY - A mosquito sample collected near 10th Terrace and Duerer Street has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to Atlantic County officials.

The sample was collected July 19 and state laboratory confirmed positive results on July 23, according to Linda Gilmore, county public information officer.

The Egg Harbor City sample follows a positive sample collected July 11 in Birch Grove Park, Northfield, she said.

“It is not unusual to have two positive samples at this time of year,” said Bill Reinert, department head of public works and a former mosquito superintendent. “Since 2008, the first positive results have been found in early July or August. This year we have actually noticed a decrease in the mosquito populations due to the hot, dry weather we’ve experienced. But residents can be assured that we continue to provide surveillance and implement control measures.”

West Nile virus can be transmitted to birds, animals and humans from infected mosquitoes. Crows are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Testing crows and other birds that have been dead for no more than 24 hours helps health officials determine if the virus is present in an area.

Health officials encourage residents to prevent the spread of West Nile virus by following these simple steps:
Use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites.

Rid properties of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water found in buckets, bird baths, flower pots and other containers.

Clean clogged gutters.

Check and repair screen doors.

Residents should report dead birds to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.

For information about West Nile Virus, go to www.aclink.org/publichealth or call the Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus hotline (877) 643-2287.

The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control can be reached at (609) 645-5948.


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