MOORESTOWN, NJ- An area near the Moorestown sewage plant will be treated to control the adult mosquitoes. This is the first sign of the virus in mosquitoes this season. Last year, it the virus showed up a month earlier than this year. The emergence of this virus should serve as a warning to the residents of Burlington County. Anything that can collect rain water, must be irrigated throughly and cleaned out. Gutters, flowerpots, bottlecaps, and old car tires are breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can contract the virus. Keep screen doors cleaned and dry and change water in birdbaths at least once a week.
About one in 150 people, or less than 1 percent of those infected with West Nile virus, will develop a more severe form of the disease; senior citizens and immuno-compromised people are at a higher risk of more severe disease, officials said.*
Symptoms of the more severe form of West Nile virus include severe headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. Most people exposed to West Nile will not display any symptoms and some will have mild symptoms, including fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. (excerpt taken from the CDC of New Jersey)
*Portion paraphrased from the BCT of NJ