Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders
94 Market Street. Salem, N.J. 08079

CONTACT: Rita Shade Simpson,
Clerk of the Board/Administrator

August 7, 2002

SALEM- The Salem County Health Department advised today that a dead crow found in Mannington tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first crow to test positive in Salem County this season.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes that have become infected by biting an infected bird, such as a crow, falcon or hawk.

"Crows are an early indicator of the presence of West Nile Virus in our area," said Freeholder Dave Sparks. "It is important that all of us know how to protect ourselves and our families from the disease, and immediately report dead crows, falcons, or hawks to the County Health Department."

Through August 1st, the State Department of Health reported 85 infected birds in 14 counties - with 27 identified in Monmouth County.

Fred Laning, Director of Salem County Health and Senior Services, said the following precautions will help protect you and your family against mosquitoes and the possibility of being bitten by an infected one:

Remove any standing water around your home.
Repair window screens.
Remove old tires and other breeding habitats.
Wear long sleeves and pants.
Use insect repellent with DEET (Use according to label.)
Keep weeds, tall grass and shrubbery cut.

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