Mosquito Borne Diseases

Gear Up for Mosquito Season…..It’s HERE!

   

The all too common sign that summer has arrived is the mosquito!  The various mosquito species carry different diseases and have varying habits.  Some bite during the day, while others bite at night.  That’s why it is important to “fight the bite” day and night.

It seemed like so long ago, our focus was solely upon how we could control mosquitos so we wouldn’t get bitten.  Now we are hearing about many different mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever and now Zika Virus.  What is important today is to learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family members.

You can also help in the effort to reduce the mosquito population by assuring that your property is not a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

WHAT IS GLOUCESTER COUNTY DOING?

Gloucester County is using an Integrated Mosquito Management program to control the mosquito population.  This program uses various techniques that include the following:

  • Surveillance - Collection and identification of mosquitoes for lab analysis of the virus and increased survey of areas for pesticide applications
  • Larvicide - Use mosquito-fish or EPA approved products to kill mosquito larvae in standing water.
  • Adulticide - Spray EPA approved products to reduce mosquito populations.
  • Requests for Services - Throughout the mosquito season, the GC Mosquito Control Division receives and responds to requests from County residents, schools, businesses and organizations and will provide application of EPA approved pesticides upon request.  Mosquito Control can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm at: (856) 307-6400.
  • Public Awareness - Inform and educate the public through press releases, group presentations, website materials, pamphlets, etc. Please contact Gloucester County Health, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at: (856) 218 – 4106.
  • Personal Protection - Encourage changing personal habits to reduce mosquito bites and instill the importance of taking protective measures to reduce personal risks.
  • Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds - The Health Department will investigate and/or work closely with local officials to assure abatement of conditions that support mosquito breeding habitats, such as standing water. Contact the Gloucester County Health Department with any concerns and/or complaints, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at: (856) 218-4170.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Property Owner Guidance

  1. Monitor your property for any containers holding water and address by emptying daily; cover or drill holes in the bottom of the container if needed.
  2. Make certain to clean and sanitize your pool.
  3. Maintain mechanical barriers such as window screening.

 

24/7 Call Center For Zika:

The New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) have opened a public call center for individuals who have questions about Zika. The call center is open 24 hours a day and is staffed by professionals who can answer questions from the general public and health care professionals in any language.  The call center telephone number is: (800) 962-1253

  • Think about your travel plans, especially if you are pregnant, or are planning to get pregnant:

*ALERT*

For residents who are planning to travel, please refer to information on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website regarding travel advisories and guidance related to Zika. 
Especially those who are pregnant or those who are planning to get pregnant

*For CDC travel health notices: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/notices

For more information on the emerging mosquito borne virus Zika, please visit:

  1. CDC travel health notices:http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
  2. New Jersey Department of Health updates: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/izdp/vbi.shtml
  3. Gloucester County Website: http://www.gloucestercounty.gov

Other Mosquito Bourne Viruses

  1. For information about Chikungunya: The World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs327/en/
  2. For information about Dengue: The CDC web address:  http://www.cdc.gov/dengue/
  3.  For information about West Nile Virus  The New Jersey Department of Health: http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/westnile/documents/wnv_factsheet.pdf

Note:  Specimen testing ( i.e.: birds ) is being considered in specific instances only. Please contact Gloucester County Department of Health’s Environmental Unit at: (856) 218 – 4180 for additional information or with any concerns.