Did You Know… (#3) UPDATE: CNN REPORTS INFECTED MOSQUITOS FOUND IN NJ! We’re reposting this article due to emerging health threat!
…that mosquitos are directly responsible for transmission of some of the most deadly diseases known to man and animals including the West Nile Virus, which has been found in infected mosquitos in New Jersey – even right here in Palmyra!!!
Holy Bug Bite Batman! Tell me more!
West Nile Virus is an infection that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Identified in the United States in 1999, West Nile virus is seen most often during the summer and early fall months. Anyone can get infected with West Nile virus. People over age 50 and people with weak immune systems are at greater risk of developing severe illness. Mild symptoms are flu-like and may include fever, headache, body aches and sometimes a rash. Severe symptoms can include high fever, stiff neck and swelling of the brain. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus.
“New Jersey reports its earliest-ever case of West Nile virus” CNN Report, July 3, 2019
The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid mosquito bites.
AND BECAUSE THE BURLINGTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WHICH TESTS FOR INFECTED MOSQUITOS, HAS FOUND EVIDENCE OF WEST NILE IN PALMYRA AND SURROUNDING AREAS IN THE RECENT PAST WE MUST ALL BE VIGILANT AND DO OUR PART! BECAUSE WHEN THE COUNTY FINDS INFECTED MOSQUITOS, THEY SPRAY! ARRGGHHHHH…. (Yes, I ran behind the fogging truck when I was a kid, but I also wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer!)
MOSQUITO LARVAE CAN LIVE IN ANY BODY OF WATER – NO MATTER HOW SMALL – SO DUMP OUT THOSE UNUSED FLOWER POTS, EMPTY YOUR KIDS’ TOT POOL WHEN NOT IN USE, TIP OVER THAT CRUSTY BIRD BATH FILLED WITH GREEN SLIM AND FOR GOODNESS SAKES PLEASE KEEP YOUR POOL CLEAN! AND MOST OF ALL, GET RID OF THOSE OLD TIRES!!
Chapter 240 Pools, § 240-5 Enforcement; inspection; mosquito control of the Code of the Borough of Palmyra reads as follows:
In order to control the spread of disease-causing mosquitos, no person shall provide, maintain or keep a pool or any stagnant body of water in any manner on any property unless the pool or stagnant body of water is maintained…with an adequate disinfecting agent…a properly functioning circulation system… or use (of) a biological pesticide!
No person shall… keep or store tires in any manner on any property unless they are maintained in such a way as to preclude mosquito breeding in rainwater which collects and stagnates in tires exposed to the elements.
To learn more about mosquitos, West Nile Virus, and how to protect your loved ones please select from the following links:
NJ Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/westnile.shtml
Burlington County Mosquito Control: http://co.burlington.nj.us/469/Mosquito-Control
Borough of Palmyra Property Maintenance Codes for pools and tires Consider this fair warning if that violation notice shows up in your mail!