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Fifth Case of West Nile Virus in Camden County

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. - Camden County health officials on Friday confirmed the county's fifth case of West Nile Virus.

According to CBS NEWS the 39-year-old man became sick with a fever, headache and muscular pain on September 8. He was hospitalized for three days but has since been discharged.

Officials believe he was exposed to the virus at his home but would not disclose where the person lives.

For more information, or to report a problem, contact the Camden County Mosquito Commission at (856) 566-2945


West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus and is closely related to St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus. SLE has occurred in humans in Camden County but not recently. SLE virus is most prevalent in the southeastern and mid-western United States. However, WNV is typically found in Africa, Europe, and West Asia (primarily in countries bordering the Mediterranean Basin). It is not known how the WNV got to the United States. Scientists believe the virus was probably in the Eastern U.S. for several months before the first outbreak in humans during the Fall of 1999. The virus can be detected by testing mosquitoes, birds, various other animals and the blood and spinal fluid of humans who have symptoms that could be from West Nile Fever. From New York City in 1999, the virus has spread to 48 other states, infecting people and a variety of animals. West Nile Fever virus is considered to be established throughout New Jersey.