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July 15, 2016

Between Zika, West Nile, and encephalitis, virus-carrying mosquitoes have become quite the threat to New Jerseyans. The first human case of West Nile virus in 2016 has been identified as a 48-year-old Camden County man who has been hospitalized.

In 2015, there were 26 cases of West Nile virus in New Jersey, three of which were fatalities, according to the state Department of Health.

There are 59 confirmed cases of Zika virus so far this year, all which are travel-related. The DOH reminds residents to use insect repellent when outdoors, and take other precautions such as using mosquito netting on infant carriers and strollers and eliminating standing water, including wading pools and bird baths.

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