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News Release

 
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
  October 18, 2002

 

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

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


Two Additional New Jersey Residents Test Positive for West Nile Virus

TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services announced today that a 59-year old man from Allenhurst (Monmouth County), and an 81-year old man from Asbury Park (Monmouth County) have become the ninth and tenth New Jersey residents infected with West Nile virus.

The Allenhurst man developed fever, headache, muscle weakness and altered mental status on September 20. He was admitted to Jersey Shore Medical Center on September 24. The Asbury Park man developed fever and altered mental status on August 25. He was admitted to Jersey Shore Medical Center on the same day.

The New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories conducted testing on patient samples for both cases and reported positive results late yesterday. Both men reported a history of mosquito bites, and neither man has a history of recent blood transfusions or organ transplants.

The Allenhurst man was released from the hospital and is recovering at home. The Asbury Park man was released from the hospital and is recovering at a rehabilitation center.

"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 fewer 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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