What is happening in Monmouth County?
In Late summer of the year 1999, West Nile Virus first appeared in the United States. Since that time it has spread across the county and has now been found in 48 States. The MCRHC is counting to coordinate cooperative efforts between the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services, other county and local governmental agencies and Rutgers Univerity to develop strategies and put into place actions that will protect its residents. Most of the Commission's efforts are directed towards-Community Education & Awareness, Surveillance and Coordination.
To monitor for WNV, the MCRHC does the following:
- Tracks and reports numbers of dead crows
- Submits dead birds for laboratory testing
- Notify health care providers to look for and report symptoms of WNV illness in patients
- Notify veterinarians to look for and report horse and other animals with signs of WNV
- Distributes information about the virus and how to control mosquitoes
- If needed, assists in public notification and answering questions regarding adult mosquito spraying operations