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Camden County man first in New Jersey to have West Nile Virus in 2016


The first human case of West Nile Virus in 2016 in New Jersey has occurred in Camden County, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

A 48-year-old Camden County man is currently hospitalized with West Nile Virus. On July 8, the man began experiencing symptoms including headache, altered mental status and encephalitis, or swelling of the brain. The man’s name and address has not been released.

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“The Camden County Health Department encourages you to use insect repellents and take extra precautions if you are outside during peak biting hours. You may also want to wear long sleeves and long pants if you are in your yard between dusk and dawn,” said Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services. “While the chance of becoming ill is relatively small, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your family.”

The Camden County Mosquito Commission regularly checks thousands of suspected mosquito-breeding sites across the county. Mosquito spraying is scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Anyone who thinks they may have West Nile Virus should visit a health care provider for evaluation and potential testing. Mile to moderate infections resolve themselves within seven to 10 days. More severe infections may require hospitalization.


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