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Human Case of West Nile Virus Turns Up in Toms River

Victim not identified by authorities

The first human case of West Nile Virus in Ocean County for 2012 has been confirmed by county health authorities.

The county resident, who WOBM radio reported was from Toms River, was not identified by name or age. The person reported mild symptoms and has since recovered, officials said.

The Ocean County case was the fourth human infection in New Jersey this year, said Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator.

"People need to make sure they are either covered up to protect themselves from mosquitoes or use mosquito repellent, making sure to read the directions if applying to children," said Regenye in a statement.

West Nile Virus is mainly transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, officials said.

"Most human WNV infections produce no symptoms or mild to moderate symptoms that include fever, headache and body aches and may be accompanied by a skin rash and swollen lymph glands," said Jennifer Crawford, OCHD Communicable Disease Supervisor.

The disease can be more dangerous, and in rare cases fatal, in children and the elderly, as well as those with compromised immune systems.

So far this year, the county has sent 77 dead birds to a state laboratory, and 17 of them of them have tested positive for West Nile infection.

Health officials said residents can help limit the spread of the diease by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds, normally areas of standing water such as bird baths, outdoor pet dishes, old tires, wheelbarrows, trash can lids and wading pools. Residents with ponds should consider stocking them with mosquito-eating fish, Crawford said.

The county's Mosquito Control Commission has also stepped up efforts to locate potential breeding spots, including conducting surveillance of mosquito pools in areas where dead birds have been found.

Mr. Walter J. Grenci August 29, 2012 at 06:33 AM
I agree with you TRM3! Some posters here go right for the DDT story, however there are other safer pesticides that should be employed! It is better then doing nothing, not being able to enjoy the outdoors, or God forbid watching a loved one suffer. I get a good long laugh at how some posters here consider themselves so educated on the topic when obviously they are clueless but still feel the need to post. There have been more then 40 deaths nationwide this year alone due to West Nile. DDT WAS NOT BANNED in 1972- only certain uses of it were. These people need to stop acting like it is Agent Orange that we are asking to be sprayed or they need to suffer first hand the effects of doing nothing but trying to educate others by their limited and incorrect knowledge of same. Perhaps all these enlightened individuals should hold a support group meeting by a marshland where they can impress each other then end by singing a song and hugging a tree!
pd August 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I feel sorry for people like you. "Thirty years ago, on June 14, l972, the Environmental Protection Agency's first administrator, William Ruckelshaus, rebuffed the advice of his scientific advisors and announced a ban on virtually all domestic uses of the pesticide DDT. This was done despite the fact that DDT had earlier been hailed as a "miracle" chemical that repelled and killed mosquitoes that carry malaria, a disease that can be fatal to humans."
Stan Buchwald August 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM
This story brings back so many memories of being here at the shore and ridding my bycycle behind those trucks. Ah the good ol days.....
Face September 16, 2012 at 03:42 PM
@ Commenting and @ TRmom Good job u two.........It amazes me to c the level of ignorance these kidz have nowadayz. @ So much to say..... Who in their right mind doesn't know the harm that DDT does. ? U asked for proof and the proof was provided. So u insult them with the immature cut & paste comment. By any chance did u grow up in a house with lead paint. So much to say but no brain to say it. Cheers
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