West Nile Virus Found in Cumberland County Mosquitos

CUMBERLAND COUNTY - On Monday, August 10th, the Vineland Health Department was advised by the Cumberland County Mosquito Commission that two mosquito pools in the area of Landis Avenue and Delsea Drive tested positive for West Nile Virus. A mosquito pool is a group of mosquitos up to 75 in number, trapped in a particular location, on a particular day.
The West Nile virus is an infection of birds that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Occasionally, humans and animals are infected when bitten by an infected mosquito. West Nile virus tends to be seasonal, beginning in the early summer and continuing through fall. In humans, 70-80% of infections result in no symptoms. About 20-30% of persons who are infected will have symptoms that may include fever, headache, rash, nausea, vomiting, and body ache. Less than 1% of the people who are infected will have severe illness and while rare, it can be fatal for the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the United States. The Vineland Health Department is urging residents to take these steps to prevent West Nile virus infections:

  • Neglected pools, ponds, and troughs produce mosquitoes putting you and your family at high risk for West Nile virus. Residents should protect home and garden from mosquito breeding

  • Use insect repellents when outside and wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk

  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors. Use air conditioning, if you have it.

  • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, kiddie pools, and bird bath. Bird bath water should be changed every other day.

  • Report dead birds by calling Animal Control at 856.691.4111.

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