Brain-infecting virus found in New Jersey mosquitoes

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September 01, 2019 - 4:17 pm
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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (1010 WINS) – Killer mosquitoes in New Jersey?

Mosquitoes carrying a potentially deadly virus have been found in the northwestern part of the state and police are warning residents to take precautions.

The Washington Township Police Department says bugs tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) at Meadow Breeze Park in Washington Township in Warren County.

The sample, which was collected on Aug. 21, also tested positive for better-known West Nile Virus.

Authorities say it’s a very active year for EEEV, a virus that can cause potentially deadly brain swelling. There is no vaccine for EEEV.

That being said, it’s extremely rare for people to become infected­­—the CDC says only one case was reported in New Jersey between 2009 and 2019, according to the Express-Times.

But when someone is infected, EEEV can lead to a life-threatening brain infection with a 30 percent mortality rate.

Symptoms show up after 4 to 10 day and can include chills, fever, muscle pain, restlessness, vomiting, convulsions and coma.

People are urged to drain standing water, use repellent and wear long sleeves and pants.

Find out more about EEE on the CDC website.

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