County officials are warning of concerns about mosquito-born diseases. August and September are months when mosquito-borne diseases are detected more frequently. The first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in New Jersey was recently detected in a resident of Mercer County. In Cape May County, one mosquito collection has tested positive for WNV in Dennis Township.
There have been no birds or human cases of WNV reported in Cape May County this year and there has been no eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) detected in mosquitoes, birds, or humans this year in New Jersey.
“Residents should wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and use mosquito repellent. People should also eliminate any standing water on their property that may serve as a habitat for mosquitoes and keep window screens in good repair,” recommended Cape May County Health Officer Kevin Thomas.