The Department of Health and Senior Services is testing people meeting criteria established collegially with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those criteria include testing blood and/or spinal fluid samples from people with a fever greater than 100 degrees and with altered mental status and with elevated levels of protein in their spinal fluid and/or with muscle weakness. Together, these symptoms are compatible with encephalitis, which can be caused by a number of viruses, including West Nile. Only a West Nile test can confirm or rule out West Nile virus infection. One should not assume that just because someone is being tested for West Nile they have the virus.
|ID No.||Age||County||Date of Onset|
|HA-001||44||Hudson||5/6||Negative for WNV|
|HA-004||36||Burlington||5/8||Patient Not Tested|
|HS-005||72||Morris*||3/1||Negative for WNV|
|HS-013||35||Bergen||6/6||Negative for WNV|
* NJ resident tested in another state