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Posted on September 5, 2012 with No Comments
Don’t panic, experts say as reports of outbreak spread nationwide.
New Jersey is among the 38 states where the mosquito-transmitted illness has surfaced. Eight cases have been recorded in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.
Affiliated with Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the center focuses on insects that affect both public health and the state’s economy. Rutgers Today spoke with center Director Randy Gaugler; Dina Fonseca, associate professor of entomology; Scott Crans, senior program coordinator; and Lisa Reed, field researcher, for an overview of the impact of the West Nile virus, particularly as it affects Garden State residents.
Rutgers Today: What steps can New Jersey residents take to minimize the risk of contracting the disease?
Center: There are several things people can do to reduce the risk of getting bitten. These are called the five Ds: Use Deet (read the instructions and see http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/RepellentUpdates.htm); Dress with long sleeves and pants; avoid Dusk and Dawn, when mosquitoes are most active; and Drain water from around your house, including spots such as pots, gutters, bird baths and other containers.
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