NORTHFIELD — The first case of West Nile virus of the year in Atlantic County was confirmed Wednesday after a mosquito tested positive.
Health officials said it is not unusual to find positive samples in the summer and fall, especially after significant rainfall, county spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said in a news release. Last year, the first positive mosquito sample in the county was also found in July.
Atlantic County has reported finding two mosquito samples in Northfield that tested positive…
There are no reported human cases of the virus at this time, said Patricia Diamond, county public health officer.
“Our mosquito control efforts are in high gear this time of year to reduce the annoyance of mosquitoes and protect our residents and visitors from the illnesses they may spread,” County Executive Dennis Levinson said.
Members of the county Office of Mosquito Control collected the sample last week from the 1200 block of Zion Road, according to the release. Officials are conducting mosquito surveillance, implementing additional control measures and providing educational materials to residents and businesses.
The virus, carried by infected mosquitoes, can be transmitted to birds, animals and humans, according to the release.
Health officials encourage residents to reduce their risk and the spread of the virus by:(tncms-asset)69390afc-c8d5-11e8-bede-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Using an insect repellent when outdoors
Ridding properties of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water
Cleaning clogged gutters, and checking and repairing screen doors
For more information about the virus, visit aclink.org/publichealth or call the Division of Public Health at 609-645-5971. If residents need help removing stagnant puddles or floodwater from their property, they can call the Office of Mosquito Control at 609-645-5948.