Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant
October 7, 1999
"Despite reports to the contrary, New Jersey still has no confirmed cases of humans infected with the West Nile-like virus.
To date, 12 human blood samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis. Three tests have been completed and all three are negative for the West Nile-like virus.
To date, 17 of 50 dead crows submitted by the Department of Health to CDC for analysis have been tested. Fifteen crows found in Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Union Counties have tested positive; two birds from Mercer tested negative for the virus."
For additional information, see the October 7 news release.