CLARK – Township officials are warning residents to take precautions against West Nile Virus after the Clark Health Department was notified Friday by the Union County Mosquito Control that two pools of mosquitoes had tested positive for the virus.
West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of mosquitoes, not crows. There is no evidence of person-to-person transmission. Symptoms of West Nile Virus include mild, non-specific flu like symptoms, high fever, chills, body aches, rapid onset of headache, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, coma, convulsions and paralysis. The elderly, young and immuno-compromised are the most susceptible.
Officials are urging residents to take the following precautions:
- Eliminate all areas of standing and stagnant water such as tires, clogged gutters, open garbage cans, bird baths, wheel barrels, buckets, pool and pool covers. Any homeowner maintaining a pool and/or pool cover with stagnant water will be issued a summons.
- Wear light colored, long sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors.
- Limit outdoor activity in the early evening.
- Insect repellants may be applied to skin or preferably clothing. Residents are urged to read all insect repellant labels and precautionary statement especially when applying repellants to children
Residents with questions regarding mosquitoes and spraying, must contact the Union County Mosquito Commission at 1-908-654-9835.
To report an injured, sick or dead crow residents must contact Nancy Raymond, health officer at 1-732-428-8405; leave your name address, telephone number and the exact location of the bird.
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