TRENTON-New Jersey health officials have confirmed the state's first human case of the West Nile virus this year, the earliest it has ever been detected in state history.
The man is still recovering at home.
After two pools of standing water tested positive for West Nile virus in the city, Frisco will begin treating the area with larvicide.
To avoid getting bitten, those heading outdoors should wear long sleeves, long trousers and bug spray, as well as avoiding mosquito breeding areas, especially around dawn and dusk.
Health officials say that most people who get West Nile don't develop symptoms. Some severe symptoms of West Nile virus may include a stiff neck, disorientation, tremors and muscle weakness. However, for those who do, those symptoms include, fever, headache, body ache, and joint pain. Adults 60 and older have the highest risk of severe illness caused by West Nile virus.
West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people through mosquito bites.
But the most effective way to avoid being infected by West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites.
"Controlling New Jersey's mosquito population is a major part of protecting our public health", said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. "Check your property for containers that can hold water - cans, buckets, flowerpots, wheelbarrows - and make sure they're emptied of any standing water at least once a week", the release states.
The Department of Health is launching its Fight the Bite NJ awareness campaign later this week to continue to promote awareness and provide education throughout the state on how to avoid mosquito-borne illness. "Residents are encouraged to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites". However, portions of marshes, swamps, clogged ditches, and temporary pools and puddles are all prolific mosquito breeding sites.
Detailed guidance for mosquito-proofing your yard are available from the state.
Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, but they also can transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to, according to the EPA. That's up from just 150 cases just 10 years ago.
Weekly reports on WNV-related activity are available on the Department's website.