New Jersey confirms first death from West Nile this year

<p>New Jersey health officials say a 62-year-old man's death last week was the state's first confirmed fatality from West Nile virus this year.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 21, 2018, 9:50 PM

Updated 2,066 days ago

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New Jersey confirms first death from West Nile this year
New Jersey health officials say a 62-year-old man's death last week was the state's first confirmed fatality from West Nile virus this year.
Officials did not release the man's name. But relatives of Fred Maikisch have said the Lodi man was diagnosed with the mosquito-borne illness before he died Sept. 15.
The state Department of Health concluded Tuesday that Maikisch died from the virus.
Maikisch coached Little League in Bergen County for more than 20 years.
There have been 25 confirmed human cases of West Nile in New Jersey this year. Health officials say the patients range in age from 24 to 85 and have required an average hospital stay of 11 days.
Another eight reports of people who may have the virus are under investigation.
Lodi officials announced that mosquito spraying will take place Saturday. Town residents are also urged to get rid of any standing water that is on their property. Standing water is breeding grounds for mosquitoes. 
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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