West Nile is Back in New Jersey
New Jersey has twenty reported cases of a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean.
The virus is called Chikungunya and it causes pain in the joints and is accompanied by high fever. All of the people who haved tested postitive are from North Jersey incluidng 8 reported cases in Bergen County.
The health department has found mosqutio breeding pools that have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties. No cases of West Nile have been reported.
Here are some precautions you can take:
Use insect repellent
Wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors
Repairing holes in screens for windows and doors
Eliminate areas of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.
Remove anything that can collect standing water.
For more info on how to protect yourself from any mosquito- borne diseases click here..