NJTV
NJTV News
Watch

West Nile found in New Jersey mosquitoes

7-29-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Twenty New Jersey residents have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean.

The state Health Department says the residents who came down with chikungunya had returned to New Jersey from the Caribbean. Chikungunya causes a high fever and severe pain in the joints. It is rarely fatal.

Meanwhile, the health department has found West Nile virus in mosquito pools in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties.

West Nile symptoms include fever, muscle weakness, vomiting and dizziness.

So far, no one has tested positive. Two of 12 residents who tested positive for West Nile last summer died.