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State reports 3rd case of West Nile in horse population

16 September 2018

A 10-year old Burlington County mare is the first reported case of West Nile Virus (WNV) and an Ocean County gelding is the fourth reported case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), each serious, mosquito-borne illnesses in horses, in New Jersey for 2018.

Press Release - Veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center in Gillette Wyoming received laboratory confirmation this week that two horses under their treatment tested positive for the West Nile Virus with test still pending on a 3rd case.

There are no human cases of WNV detected this season in New Hampshire, but some birds have tested positive, and ME and MA have reported human cases. The chances of a person contracting WNV are low and most people infected with WNV will not have any symptoms. Remember mosquitoes can bite during the day and night. Symptoms may include fever, headache, body ache, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

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The West Nile virus is transmitted by the mosquitoes' bites. West Nile can cause fever, headaches, nausea, muscle stiffness and can be deadly to people with weak immune systems and the elderly. Recommendations include wearing mosquito repellent ...dress in long-sleeved shirts, trousers and socks when outside and limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Repellents with picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products also provide protection against mosquito bites, officials said.

Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors.

State reports 3rd case of West Nile in horse population