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News Release

 
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
  September 27, 2002

 

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Donna Leusner or Marilyn Riley
(609) 984-7160


Two More New Jersey Residents Test Positive for West Nile Virus

TRENTON -The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services announced today that two additional New Jersey residents have been infected with West Nile virus, bringing the total number of cases this season to six.

A 65-year old Moorestown (Burlington County) woman and a 79-year-old Wildwood Crest (Cape May County) woman have tested positive for West Nile virus. Both women were hospitalized earlier this month and have been released and are recovering at home.

The Moorestown woman developed fever, altered mental status, muscle weakness and seizures on September 9. She was admitted to Virtua Memorial Hospital on September 13 and released on September 18. The Wildwood Crest woman was admitted to Burdette Tomlin Medical Center on September 3 after developing fever, headache and altered mental status and was released on September 8.

The patients do not have a history of recent blood transfusions or organ transplants. The Wildwood Crest woman spent time in Michigan in late August, during her potential West Nile exposure period, and reported receiving mosquito bites while there.

New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D., reminds all New Jersey residents to continue taking appropriate precautions to reduce risk of mosquito bites.

"Although the season has now officially changed to fall, New Jerseyans remain at risk for West Nile virus from mosquito bites until the weather changes and frost appears. Until then, residents should continue to protect themselves from infection by using insect repellent according to labeled directions and wearing long-sleeved clothing, especially at dawn, dusk and during the evening,'' Dr. Lacy said. "People should also keep window screens in good repair and eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed.''

For more information on West Nile virus, visit the state's home page at www.state.nj.us/health and click on "West Nile virus.''

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