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5th case of West Nile confirmed in Camden County

A 39-year-old Camden County man who was hospitalized for three days but has been released is the fifth case of West Nile Virus in the county this year, according to a news release.

The man’s exposure to the mosquito-borne virus is believed to have occurred at his home, but the state has not yet released which community he lives in. Previous locations of confirmed Camden County West Nile cases this year have been in Collingswood and the city of Camden.

A 77-year-old man in Burlington County is the only fatal case of West Nile reported this year in New Jersey.

The Camden County Mosquito Commission sprayed in parts of Barrington on Sept. 19 but has not announced any further spray schedule.

The commission suggests checking around your yard for mosquito breeding containers.  The following is a checklist of tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding:

  • Dispose of unnecessary containers that hold water.  Containers you wish to save turn upside down or put holes in the bottom so all water drains out.
  • Lift up flowerpots and dump the water from the dish underneath every week.
  • Stock fish or add mosquito larvicide to ornamental ponds.
  • Change water in bird baths, fountains, and animal troughs weekly.
  • Screen vents to septic and other water tanks.
  • Store small boats upside down and large boats so they drain.  If covered, keep the tarp tight so water does not pool on top of the tarp.
  • Do not dump leaves or grass clippings into a catch basin or streams.
  • Do not allow water to collect on sagging tarps or awnings.
  • Do not allow trashcan lids to fill with water.
  • Check downspouts that are able to hold enough water to allow mosquito larvae to mature.

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This entry was posted on October 1, 2012 by in Region, Safety and tagged .
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