If an animal is diagnosed with West Nile virus or EEE, owners are required to report to the Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the DPH by calling 617-983-6800.
West Nile is a serious and sometimes fatal disease, which is why health officials are urging residents across South Jersey to take proper steps to minimize the risk of West Nile Virus. The state's first case of 2018 was reported in Willoughby in July.
Officials say the virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Additionally, 422 dead birds from 18 counties have tested positive for the virus in 2018, and 1,606 mosquito samples from 28 counties have also tested positive for the virus this year.
As of Friday, Sept. 7, there have been ten human cases of West Nile Virus in MA so far this year. "The virus has been confirmed in 11 different traps by those 23 separate pools, but it is possible that the virus could be more widespread at this point". The reported case is in Attala County.
People older than 60 and those with diabetes or hypertension are more likely to get sick with West Nile, doctors said.
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For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information. "Mosquito Repellent with DEET or Picaridin is also a great way to avoid mosquito bites". Remove standing water from your property as that can often become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Keep roof gutters clear of debris.
Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.
The risk of serious illness or death from West Nile Virus is low. Symptoms to look for are body aches, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, confusion, weakness, stiffness and convulsions.
Symptoms of the infection usually appear within three to 14 days after exposure.