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News Release

 
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
  October 11, 2002

 

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

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


Eighth New Jersey Resident Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services announced today that a 77-year-old Palmyra (Burlington County) man has become the eighth New Jersey resident infected with West Nile virus.

The man developed fever, muscle weakness and altered mental status on September 16 and was admitted to Rancocas Hospital on September 21. On October 2, the man was transferred to a rehabilitation center where he is recovering. The man reported a history of mosquito bites while working in his backyard. He does not have a history of recent blood transfusions or organ transplants.

The New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories conducted testing on patient samples and reported positive results late yesterday.

The Palmyra man is the second Burlington County resident to test positive this season. The other cases are from Mercer, Hudson, and Cape May counties.

"The number of patients diagnosed with West Nile virus in New Jersey this year is similar to the numbers reported in recent years, six cases in 2000 and 12 in 2001," said New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. "County-based mosquito control efforts and residents' use of appropriate protective measures to reduce the risk of mosquito bites have resulted in less West Nile virus-related illness than other parts of the country and no West Nile virus-related deaths.''

Residents are advised to continue to protect themselves from infection until the weather changes and frost appears.

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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