West Nile Virus Found in Manalapan, NJ – Don’t Panic, Here’s What to Do
West Nile virus was found in a section of Monmouth County on Wednesday prompting causing officials to schedule a mosquito spray on Thursday.
According to the CDC, the West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.
This case of the West Nile virus was found in Manalapan. According to APP, the township will be spraying on residential streets between Tennant Road and Route 9, north of Symmes Road and south of Milford Brook between 4 and 6 am Thursday.
Monmouth County Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley asked Manalapan residents in a news release "to drain any standing pools of water, such as those found in gutters or old tires. The pools provide potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes."
While this is the first human case of West Nile reported in New Jersey this year according to the State Department of Health, there is no reason to be overly concerned.
There are really two sure-fire ways to prevent mosquito bites. Either use insect repellent or wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
If you get a mosquito bite and experience fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, contact your doctor immediately.