Health officials confirm first West Nile case in Ocean Co.
Health officials say a dead bird that was found in Ocean County died from the West Nile virus.
Overall, health officials say the virus is on a decline in New Jersey. So far this year, no people have been diagnosed with the virus. However, mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Middlesex, and Passaic counties.
Even though dry conditions this year have reduced breeding, entomologists suggest that homeowners should check areas where mosquitoes could breed. Entomologists also say that there could be an outbreak next year, since past trends indicate that there is usually an outbreak following a drought.
The virus reached its peak in 2002, when 200 people died from the virus. One serious case was reported in New Jersey last year, when a 57-year-old man in Hunterdon County was infected.