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September 26, 2003

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

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New Jersey Reports Seven New Human Cases of West Nile Virus Infection


 

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) reported seven new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in New Jersey, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. announced today.

This is the peak time of the season for reporting human cases of WNV infection. Last week, DHSS reported six new human cases.

These new cases bring this yearís total of human WNV cases in New Jersey to 17.

The new cases are:

  • An 81-year-old Fairview (Bergen County) man who reported fever, altered mental status, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, and chest pain on September 1, 2003.He was hospitalized on September 3 with a diagnosis of encephalitis.He is still hospitalized and is improving.
  • A 50-year-old Kearny (Hudson County) woman who reported fever, headache, muscle weakness, and rash on September 5, 2003.She was hospitalized on September 9 with a diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a neurological disorder than can cause temporary paralysis. She is still hospitalized and is improving.

  • A 43-year-old Trenton (Mercer County) man who reported fever, muscle weakness, and right leg paralysis on September 5, 2003.He was hospitalized on September 7 with a diagnosis of leg paralysis.He is still hospitalized but is walking and improving.

  • A 38-year-old North Bergen (Hudson County) woman who reported fever, altered mental status, headache, stiff neck, photophobia, nausea, and vomiting on September 6, 2003.She was hospitalized on September 17 with a diagnosis of meningitis.She was discharged on September 24 and is recovering at home.

  • A 60-year-old Roselle Park (Union County) woman who reported fever, headache, altered mental status, light sensitivity, and rash on September 2, 2003. She was hospitalized on September 11 with a diagnosis of meningoencephalitis. She was discharged on September 23 and is improving.

  • A 72-year-old Irvington (Essex County) man who reported fever, headache, altered mental status, and muscle weakness on September 7, 2003. He was hospitalized on September 8 with a diagnosis of encephalitis. He is still hospitalized and is improving.

  • A 47-year-old Voorhees (Camden County) man who reported fever, headache, stiff neck, and rash on August 20, 2003. This patient was never hospitalized and was identified through commercial laboratory testing.

Information on New Jerseyís current number of confirmed WNV cases in humans, crows and mosquito pools is available on the DHSS web site at http://www.state.nj.us/health/ by clicking on the WNV Virus link.The site also has information on transmission, symptoms and protective measures New Jerseyans can take.

Data regarding nationally confirmed cases and trends can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/.

New Jersey's WNV surveillance, control and prevention activities involve the coordinated efforts of a number of federal, state and local agencies. These include the New Jersey Departments of Health and Senior Services, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture, the CDC, the State Mosquito Control Commission, the Rutgers Mosquito Research and Control Unit, and local health and mosquito control agencies.

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