BELLMAWR, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)Â — A man in New Jersey is the state’s first official case of West Nile virus this year, health officials confirmed.
They say theÂ 60-year-old Bellmawr man was admitted to a hospital on July 12 with symptoms that had started at the end of June.READ MORE: New York City Teachers, Staff Face New Vaccine Deadline, But Some Look To Push Legal Battle To Supreme Court
He was released from the hospital five days later and continues to recuperate at home. The man’sÂ name has not been released.READ MORE: PHOTOS: 74th Annual Tony Awards Red Carpet
The virus is transferred to humans through mosquitoes that have also fed on birds infected with West Nile, and officials say symptoms can be especially severe in individuals over 50 years old.
It’s recommended that all residents use mosquito repellent and be vigilant if they are outdoors during peak times for mosquitoes, such as dawn and dusk.MORE NEWS: Activists Again Call For Getting Carriage Horses Off NYC Streets Following Injury
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