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West Nile found in Linwood, Buena Vista mosquitoes

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Two mosquito samples in Atlantic County recently tested positive for West Nile virus, health officials said.

Samples from Linwood and Buena Vista Township were confirmed positive Wednesday.

The Linwood sample was from the 300 block of Royal Avenue, while the Buena Vista Township sample was from Cushman Avenue and Cloverdale Lane.

County public health and mosquito control officials are conducting mosquito surveillance and implementing additional control measures.

West Nile virus was previously confirmed in mosquito samples collected in Northfield, Egg Harbor City and Absecon. There are no reported human cases of the virus at this time, according to county health officials.

West Nile virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to birds, animals and humans. West Nile virus can cause serious illness, or even death.

The following are recommended to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

* Use an insect repellent whenever going outdoors. Repellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of products containing active ingredients that have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied as directed. Be sure to follow product directions carefully and consult with your child’s doctor prior to using on children.

* Rid properties of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water.
Mosquitoes do not travel far from where they breed. Buckets, bird baths, flower pots and other containers can hold water and provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty these containers regularly.

* Clean clogged gutters; check and repair screen doors; cut high grass around yard

For more information about West Nile virus, visit the Atlantic County Web site at: www.aclink.org/publichealth or call the Division of Public Health at 609-645-5971. If you need assistance in removing stagnant puddles or floodwater from your property, call the Office of Mosquito Control at 609-645-5948.

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Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

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