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October 03, 2003

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

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Donna Leusner
609 984-7160


 
New Jersey Reports 19th Human West Nile Virus Infection


 

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) reported its 19th 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 latest human case is a 44 year-old Trenton (Mercer County) woman who reported fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, and photophobia on August 30, 2003. She was hospitalized on August 31 with a diagnosis of meningitis.

The patient was discharged several days later and is recovering at home.

Information on New Jerseyís current number of confirmed West Nile 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 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 http://www.cdc.gov/.

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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