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November 03, 2003

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

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Donna Leusner

New Jersey Reports 29th Human Case of West Nile Virus Infection


TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) reported its 29th human case of West Nile virus infection in New Jersey this year, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. announced today.

The case is an 80 year-old Collingswood (Camden County) woman, who had onset of fever, altered mental status, headache, muscle weakness, and abdominal pain on August 26, 2003. She was hospitalized on September 6, 2003 with a diagnosis of an abdominal disorder and subsequent testing confirmed West Nile virus infection.  She is now recovering at home.

Information on New Jersey’s current number of confirmed West Nile cases in humans, crows and mosquito pools is available on the DHSS web site at by clicking on the West Nile 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 website at

New Jersey's West Nile virus 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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