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October 10, 2003

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

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Donna Leusner

New Jersey Reports Three New Human Cases of West Nile Virus Infection


The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) reported three new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in New Jersey, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. announced today.

The three new cases bring this yearís total of human WNV infection cases to 22.

The new cases are:

  • A 50-year-old Keyport (Monmouth County) man who reported fever, headache, altered mental status, and muscle weakness on September 23, 2003.He was hospitalized the same day with a diagnosis of meningoencephalitis.The patient is still hospitalized and his condition has improved.

  • A 56-year-old Hackensack (Bergen County) man who reported fever, altered mental status, and muscle weakness on August 30, 2003.He was hospitalized on September 3 with a diagnosis of febrile illness with weakness. He is still hospitalized and is in stable condition.

  • A 73-year-old Piscataway (Middlesex County) woman who reported fever, altered mental status, and double vision on September 22, 2003.She was hospitalized on the same day with a diagnosis of febrile illness with vertigo.She was discharged on October 6 into a rehabilitation facility and has improved.

Commissioner Lacy reminds New Jersey residents although the state experienced its first frost this week, mosquitoes are still active and mosquito bites can transmit WNV infection. Until extended periods of cold weather develop, residents should continue to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Information on New Jerseyís current number of confirmed West Nile cases in humans, crows and mosquito pools is available on the DHSS web site at by clicking on the West Nile Virus link.The site also has information on transmission, symptoms and protective measures New Jerseyans can take.

Data regarding nationally confirmed cases and trends can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

New Jersey's West Nile virus surveillance, control and prevention activities involve the coordinated efforts of a number of federal, state and local agencies. These include the New Jersey Departments of Health and Senior Services, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture, the CDC, the State Mosquito Control Commission, the Rutgers Mosquito Research and Control Unit, and local health and mosquito control agencies.


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