HUNTERDON COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The year’s first human case of West Nile virus has been diagnosed in New Jersey.
The state’s health department said the man lives in Hunterdon County and was hospitalized on June 21 after exhibiting flu-like symptoms.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate For New York City Teachers To Take Effect After Federal Appeals Court Lifts Temporary Ban
He is now recovering at home.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
Health officials said the diagnosis is a reminder to use bug repellent this summer to keep disease-carrying mosquitoes away.
“Controlling New Jersey’s mosquito population is a major part of protecting our public health,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe.MORE NEWS: Terence Blanchard Becomes First Black Composer At Metropolitan Opera On Historic Night At Lincoln Center
“Dumping out standing water on your property goes a long way toward reducing mosquito bites by limiting where they grow. Anywhere that collects water can breed mosquitoes, so checking flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, and other places can reduce the risk of mosquito bites and the illnesses they can carry.”