The health department says no human cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in the county so far this year, but two cases were reported last year. Despite no human cases reported of the disease so far in 2019, ISDH expects to see increased West Nile activity throughout in as summer progresses.
"Controlling New Jersey's mosquito population is a major part of protecting our public health", said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe.
Residents may reduce risk by applying mosquito repellent, wearing trousers and long sleeves when outdoors and getting rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed.
DUSK - Stay indoors from dusk until dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.
The health department is encouraging everyone to remove any standing water from their home of property, as that is where mosquitoes most like to breed.
Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets, and barrels. Contact with mosquitoes can also be reduced by using air-conditioning when possible and ensuring window screens are in good fix. "But in those people who do develop symptoms, the most common are flu-like illness, such as a fever, headache, body ache and joint pain". The other six mosquitoes were found in North Stonington and West Haven, where five mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.
WNV is an arboviral disease which people can acquire through the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird.