Mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Virus in Windsor

The Health Unit, along with each municipality, will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus activity.

Groups of positive mosquitoes, known as a "mosquito pool", collected in the areas of Honcut, Palermo, and Dayton have tested positive with the West Nile virus.

The New Jersey Department of Health reported that there have been eight samples across five states that have tested positive, but that as of June 9 no reports of any human cases.

- Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water - buckets, barrels, flower pots, tarps - because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes. Since 2004, 232 residents have been infected with the virus, 8 of which have lost their lives.

Higher numbers of other mosquito species are being detected in areas that received rainfall over the past two weeks. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis.

Most people who get West Nile don't exhibit symptoms of the virus.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home - Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

Regardless of the West Nile virus risk level for the area, people are asked to remember there is no such thing as being risk-free from West Nile.

Individuals should take note of the location and condition of the bird before calling for further instructions.

Old tires are a ideal breeding site for mosquitoes and should be discarded.

Vanessa Coleman

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