ATLANTIC COUNTY — On Thursday, August 29, Atlantic County officials reported that a mosquito sample in Hammonton had tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The sample was collected on Horton Street and was confirmed positive on August 28. County public health and mosquito control officials are conducting mosquito surveillance, implementing additional control measures and providing educational materials to area residents and businesses.
Public health officials note that it is not unusual to find a positive sample during the summer and fall.
The West Nile virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to birds, animals, and humans.
Residents can reduce their risk and the spread of West Nile virus by reducing their exposure to mosquito bites and by using these tips:
- Use an insect repellent whenever going outdoors. Repellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied as directed. Be sure to follow product directions carefully and consult with your child’s doctor prior to using on children.
- Rid properties of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water.
Mosquitoes do not travel far from where they breed. Buckets, birdbaths, flowerpots, and other containers can hold water and provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty these containers regularly.
- Clean clogged gutters; check and repair screen doors.
For more information about West Nile virus, visit the Atlantic County web site at: aclink.org/publichealth or call the Division of Public Health at 609-645-5971. If you need assistance in removing stagnant puddles or floodwater from your property, call the Office of Mosquito Control at 609-645-5948.
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