Monmouth County is dealing with the West Nile Virus



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MONMOUTH COUNTY – After a West Nile virus outbreak was detected in some mosquitoes across Manalapan, the county developed a controlled mosquito repellent in the area.

According to the Ministry of Health, only one human case of the West Nile virus was reported this year. The department discovered the West Nile virus in mid-August in mosquitos around two pools in Monmouth County.

“The West Nile virus can infect anyone and cause serious illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches and in some cases rash,” said Commissioner’s Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease in the United States. They also state that about 1 in 150 people infected develop severe swelling of the brain or surrounding membranes, and 1 in 10 have severe brain or central nervous system infections that lead to death.

To fight the virus, Monmouth County Mosquito Control launched Jan.

“Mosquito spraying is one of the most effective ways to fight off the West Nile virus,” said Kiley.

The county deployed Zenivex E4 RTU with extremely low-volume devices mounted on trucks. They stated that when used properly, this spray poses a low risk to human health and the environment.

“Zenivex contains a pesticide called etofenprox, a member of the category of pesticides known as non-ester pyrethroids, which are synthetic versions of pesticides made by plants called pyrethrins. Conventional pyrethroid / piperonyl butoxide blends are recommended by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, for ultra-low volume mosquito control (ULV) in New Jersey, ”the county stated.

“There is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus so we are reminding residents to combat the bite by using EPA registered insect repellent, wearing light colored clothing with long sleeves and pants, outdoor time if possible Limit during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and divert stagnant water, such as those found in gutters or old tires, ”Kiley said.

For more information on mosquito control in Monmouth County, visit visitmonmouth.com.

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