New Jersey Reports First Positive Bird For West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus

New Jersey has recorded its first bird testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in 2007, marking the official start of the WNV season.


"Now is the time to take steps to protect yourself and your community. Remove standing water on your property so mosquitoes can't breed there, and check the condition of your window and door screens," said Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.

"It's also important to take personal precautions, such as using mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and long pants when practical and avoiding outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active," Dr. Jacobs added.

So far this season, 27 birds have been tested in the department's Public Health and Environmental Laboratories. The positive bird was from Jackson, Ocean County, and was submitted to the labs on June 19.