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Problems with Gnats/Black Flies?
Residents from Hunterdon County have informed the health division that gnats (also known as black flies) have become a problem some areas of the county over the past month. The Hunterdon County Division of Public Health is collecting information on locations in the county where these insects are most problematic. Please assist us by completing the our survey. Thank you for your cooperation.
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West Nile Virus in New Jersey
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CDC Westnile Virus

Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the United States have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes spread West Nile virus (WNV) that can cause serious, life altering disease. Read More....

 

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WEST NILE VIRUS HERE IN HUNTERDON
During the week of Sepetmber 20th, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reported the first death of a state resident who with multiple underlying medical conditions also testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). At the time of that announcement, the state also reported that 11 New Jersey residents tested positive for WNV in seven counties, including the person who died: Atlantic (1); Camden (2); Essex (1); Hudson (2); Monmouth (1) Ocean (2); and Passaic (2).

While Hunterdon County has no human cases of WNV to date, some of the bird specimens sent from the county for state lab testing were positive with the virus. This is also the case in Atlantic, Burlington, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris and Ocean counties. READ MORE....

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S MOSQUITO CONTROL IN MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
Visited recently by ABC News, NJN News and the Courier News, the Mosquito &Vector Control division is busy sharing the important story of mosquito control during a particularly wet season and how the public can help.

In top photo, county entomologist Gary Donato emerges from a wetland area near Liberty Village in Flemington to speak with ABC News reporter Sharde Miller;
in middle photo, Donato shows a mosquito-filled overnight trap to NJN News reporter Jerry Henry (far right);
in bottom photo, division director Tadhgh Rainey explains mosquito larval-to-adulthood stages to Courier News photographer Kathy Johnson. All media interviews were broadcast and published across the New Jersey market.
 
HUNTERDON COUNTY HAS FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS CASE IN NEW JERSEY: SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
The Hunterdon County Department of Health reported today the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Jersey during 2009. The health department received confirmation of WNV from the state laboratory of the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The case involves a 57-year-old male from Raritan Township. Read more....
 
STOPPING WEST NILE VIRUS WHERE IT STARTS
Tadhgh Rainey, director of the department's  Mosquito and Vector Control division takes the war to the enemy -- mosquito larvae -- now emerging in woodland swamps and pools.  Surveying for and  applying control strategies now will help prevent millions of mosquitoes from reaching their flying adult stage. "Residents can certainly help," said Rainey, "by eliminating pools of standing water on their properties. That means getting rid of mosquito breeding grounds right at home in places such as gutters, tarps  covering pools or boats, trash cans, and old tires." People should also take common sense steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Basics include wearing  long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors, particularly at dusk and dawn; making sure screens on windows and doors are in good repair; and applying  appropriate insect repellant (following the label instructions carefully, especially when applying to children) when going outdoors.
 

Bed Bugs What They Are and What To Do About ThemBED BUGS

Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Bed Bugs in Hunterdon County

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FIGHTING WEST NILE VIRUS WITH THE "5 Ds"
Tadhgh Rainey, director of the Mosquito & Vector Control division of the Hunterdon County Department of Health, was a featured guest on Comcast CN8 Newsmakers, using the cable appearance to remind area residents of the role they can personally play in reducing the threats of West Nile Virus. Rainey explained to Comcast host, Autumn Marisa, the "5 Ds" of WNV prevention: Drain standing water around the home, such as in buckets, wheelbarrows, planters, even rain gutters; Dress appropriately to cover the skin; Dusk and Dawn outdoor activities should be limited, because it is at these times that mosquitoes most actively feed; DEET is the best insect repellent for mosquito protection. With the recent abundant rains, this year's development cycle for mosquito breeding could be significantly increased.

 

IN SWAMP AND STUDIO, PROTECTING THE PUBLIC FROM WEST NILE VIRUS
Hunterdon County Department of Health is deep into its action plan to control West Nile Virus during 2004. Tadhgh Rainey, director of the department's  Mosquito and Vector Control division takes the war to the enemy -- mosquito larvae -- now emerging in woodland swamps and pools.  Surveying for and  applying control strategies now will help prevent millions of mosquitoes from reaching their flying adult stage. "Residents can certainly help," said Rainey, "by  eliminating pools of standing water on their properties. That means getting rid of mosquito breeding grounds right at home in places such as gutters, tarps  covering pools or boats, trash cans, and old tires." People should also take common sense steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Basics include wearing  long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors, particularly at dusk and dawn; making sure screens on windows and doors are in good repair; and applying  appropriate insect repellant (following the label instructions carefully, especially when applying to children) when going outdoors.

Tadhgh Rainey, head of the Mosquito & Vector Control  program for the Hunterdon County Department of Health,  used air time at WDVR-fm in Sergeantsville on November 14th to  present a strong case for continued efforts to reduce  disease carrying insects and the health threats they bear.  From an entomologist's perspective, Tadhgh offered a  picture of the seriousness of insect-borne diseases such as West Nile virus while explaining the scientific control  methods now being used in Hunterdon County.

 

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