2 New Jersey citizens have been contaminated this month with West Nile virus– the first two cases of the mosquito-spread illness this year, health officials revealed Friday.The first reported case was an Essex County guy in his forties previously this month and the second, more recent case involved a male in his seventies from Monmouth County, according to a release from the New Jersey Department of Health.”While West Nile Virus activity in mosquitoes has been much lower than what we have actually seen in previous seasons, it is necessary that locals continue to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites particularly because the majority of West Nile Virus human cases occur in early September,” Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said in the statement.The infection is spread out by mosquitoes that have eaten a contaminated bird, officials said.Last year, New Jersey had 8 human cases of West Nile Virus, however in 2018, 61 people were infected by it.That marked the highest number of cases ever reported in the state, according to a department of health report. 3 people passed away from the illness in Bergen County, which had the greatest variety of reported cases that year.Many people contaminated with the infection dont get ill and do not establish symptoms, however when they do, they can include flu-like diseases or more severe symptoms such as swelling of the brain which can lead to coma, convulsions and death, the department said. Individuals over age 50 and individuals with weak immune systems are at higher risk of establishing serious illness.There is no particular treatment for the disease and the very best way to avoid it is to avoid mosquito bites, authorities stated.”All of us can take part in protecting public health by taking simple actions to manage the mosquito population,” New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe stated in a statement. “The most crucial step for the home owner is to eliminate standing water on their property, to decrease locations where mosquitoes might grow and breed. Inspecting flower pots, animal food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers and other locations that hold water can substantially reduce the threat of mosquito bites and the illnesses they can carry.”Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please think about supporting NJ.com with a voluntary subscription.Chris Sheldon might be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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