Collingswood Woman 3rd Case of West Nile in CamCo

Health officials said the disease also affected a Camden City man. The initial case, a Voorhees resident, has fully recovered.

Two more Camden County residents have come down with West Nile Virus: a 50-year-old Collingswood woman and 64-year-old Camden City man, according to Camden County health officials.

The man was hospitalized and released; the woman did not require hospitalization. Both believe they contracted the disease from mosquito bites in their own yards, the county reported in a press release Friday.

The first confirmed case of the disease in the county (a 42-year-old Voorhees man), who has since recovered. All three were exposed in August.

The Camden County Mosquito Commission announced earlier this week, complete with mosquito prevention tips for homeowners.

At , Collingswood Mayor James Maley reported that although the borough was not on the initial list, it will receive a spray at some point soon.

John Melilli September 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Loretta: I am for spraying. A lot. Right away. Everywhere. Until they are gone.
John Melilli September 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Hey Matt http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/articles/summ02/Carson.html Have an open mind
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Yeah, John, I read it. It's the same one Cecil Adams reviews in the link I sent you. I have no problems with the critiques posted here. I'm in favor of the best scientific evidence being used as arguments for public health policy—which would preclude additional deforestation, petroleum drilling, and fracking, as these things contribute to climate change, and hence, the rise in things like malaria: http://news.discovery.com/earth/deforestation-sets-the-stage-for-malaria-outbreaks-in-brazil.html
John Melilli September 17, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Really? You want to connect Amazon deforestation to this discussion? What causes malaria in Africa? Global warming is the typical dog whistle for statists. Maybe the Razilians should spray the Mosquitos with DDT. Then, they can have both, the and for agriculture, the wood for houses and access to the natural resources in the ground. I'm for the responsible use of the resources. All of them.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM
That's nowhere near as far-flung as anything else you've introduced to the conversation. Extreme weather causes malaria in Africa: http://www.aaas.org/international/africa/malaria/toure.html The same kind of extreme weather that's related to deforestation, overindustrialization, and *gasp* fracking: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/how-to-parse-climate-change-and-extreme-weather/ Seeing a connection yet between the "responsible" use of resources and its side-effects?
Loretka September 17, 2012 at 01:53 AM
You guys are going a little out in left field. The bottom line is ---- the County or the State needs to establish an effective, consistent spraying program - on a regular schedule (not hit or miss) - to cut down on the ever growing mosquito population. Many years ago, spraying for mosquitoes was either stopped or drastically cut back, and the mosquitoes have been multiplying drastically and taking over our environment. It has now become unbearable and something needs to be done immediately. Now is the time for the county and state to get prepared for next summer and every summer thereafter. They need to train and license more personnel to staff an effective spraying program. And funds need to be appropriated for that purpose. Please contact the County Freeholders and the County Mosquito Control Commission.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 01:56 AM
How dare you try to steer this disaster back on topic, Loretka. Almost makes it look like someone's paying attention in here.
Loretka September 17, 2012 at 03:53 AM
The subject matter of this article on Collingswood Patch is: the problems with mosquitoes in CAMDEN COUNTY. If you guys want to debate malaria in Africa and Brazil, deforestation, petroleium drilling, fracking, climate change, etc. - you should open up another blog and/or forum. Let's not clutter up this page with those things and get away from the subject at hand. Stick to the subject matter: MOSQUITOES IN CAMDEN COUNTY. Thanks.
Collingswoodnative September 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Loretka as I posted above I'm in Knight Park everyday and don't see a problem with mosquitoes there in fact I was there fishing last night with a grandchild. The water it's self is clear and you can see large amounts of fish swimming in the water. In addition to that the dragonflies are out in large numbers keeping the area free of bugs. The problem is a backyard problem not a park problem.
donna 528 September 17, 2012 at 07:01 PM
matt, you are just too funny. why do you even bother? and then i think, hmmm, this is entertaining, i will continue to read on...and on...and on...why do people feel the need to argue over a simple fact that indeed needs to be re-instated...WNV is now in camden county and it is up to us to stay informed, updated, and out of harms way. @ john, shut up ! no one cares how educated you are on maleria, africa, or the numbers of deaths that have nothing to do TODAY with WNV in camden county. @ loretka, stay indoors, stop paying your taxes and dress properly when hanging out back. use compost, deet, skin so soft, whatever ! just be grateful you are fully aware of your enviroment and make the calls necessary to appease your mind. @ sean, the best comment so far ! "two doors down" that my friend is a good one !
Loretka September 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I pay my taxes, Donna, and always on time - never late. I dress properly for my age. When the temp is 99 degrees, and the humidity is extremely high, wearing long pants and long sleeves is not healthy (although I do if I have to be working outside for more than few minutes - and then I come back into the house drenched and feeling ill). I've spent a lot of time indoors this summer, which is unfair and wouldn't be necessary if the mosquito population was brought under control like it was in years past. I don't need compost. My property is free of standing water. As I've said before, the chemicals used to spray for mosquitoes is safe for humans and for the environment. Check it out. The county and state need to put in place an effective and consistent schedule of spraying throughout the mosquito season to get the horrific mosquito population under control.
John Melilli September 17, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Wow. I think I hit a nerve. Maybe more than one. Donna, you can.....well I'm sure the rest will be banned but I'll rely on your marginal imagination to fill in the rest of the thought. BTW, as a liberal Democrat, aren't you for free speech and tolerance? Obviously not. Now go and mulch.
Shirley September 18, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I've been thinking about low spots and compost and I feel like I'm missing something. Any low spots on my property are either in the garden or lawn, both of which are comprised of soil. The soil drains after each rain; it doesn't hold water - at least on my sandy soil property. I suppose one could have low spots in concrete which may not dry quickly but compost on concrete is illogical. I'm sure someone here can set me straight. Please don't be sarcastic.
Gary B September 18, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Shirley, don't fret over the comments on this page, as the overwhelming majority commentary is a waste. Take for instance John Melilli, who rails against the 'liberal' government but yet he is first in line yapping about how the government needs to save us :) The mosquito problem is our problem and we need to fix it. We Collingswood residents need to talk to our neighbors about cleaning out gutters, bird baths, stagnated water etc etc. We need to be better friends with our neighbors and be more active in our community. The nonsense with government programs and spending etc is just tiring and in this particular case of 'mosquitto gate' the government is not going to 'cure', 'fix' or 'resolve' the issue, just like all other issues. And John q Public's comment is a perfect example of failing ignorance. He resorts to childlike stereotypes and name calling and blasts his neighbor on social media (yet cowardly not calling out his name mind you) but won't walk across the yard to his neighbor and explain the situation. ....So long as people believe that addressing symptoms solve issues, root causes will reign ...
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Well said, Gary.
Loretka September 18, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Regardless of what you say, Gary, it takes more than just talking to neighbors, etc. to get the mosquito infestation under control. Going back 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years ---- we had gutters, birdbaths, and even stagnant water back then. But we NEVER had mosquitoes like we do now. We had some mosquitoes that came out at night, but NEVER in the quantity we have now -and- never ALL DAY LONG like we have now. And tell me --- why do you think we have a Camden County Mosquito Commission???? The mosquito problem is ours, but I certainly don't have the resources to fix it. And neither do you. The problem has become TOO BIG and out of hand and will only get worse and worse if not immediately addressed. Only a good spraying program will bring it under control. You have to consistenly kill off the adult mosquitoes so they don't breed and create more. If you think individual persons can fix the problem, then I have a bridge I want to sell to you. Yes, we can help by conscientously getting rid of stagnant water on our own properties, but it takes much more than that. Just a leaf with a few drops of water on it is enough for some mosquitoes to lay eggs. You have to kill the mosquitoes so they won't breeds. We have agencies responsible to eradicate the mosquitoes.
Gary B September 18, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Guess your right Lorekta, we're doomed.. We must spend money and never pick up the leaves in our yard that the government needs to spray. I'll tell Mrs. Saunders to leave the clogged gutters alone...I'll also inform her of a bridge for sale(?)...
John Melilli September 18, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Hey Gary I pay more than 8 grand in just real estate taxes. Damn right I want the government to treat this infestation. I already dumped any standing water on my yard, and three of my neighbor's yards. It's a town wide infestation. Now, go mulch and sing kumbaya and put an Obama sign in your front yard.
Gary B September 18, 2012 at 03:42 AM
....Oh, just in case your wondering about what percentage about the bat population that has been killed off in New Jersey; 90%. ...it's virtual extinction. A single bat can eat more than 3,000 mosquitoes per night, btw.... ...Spend money, spray chemicals, spend money, spray chemicals, spend money, spray chemicals....Don't pay attention....spend money, spray chemicals, spend money, spray chemicals....
Gary B September 18, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Before you go and besiege my lapel with pins, John, I'm a libertarian for disclosure. There will be no voting for current POTUS. ,,,,,as if my voting beliefs have anything to do with the current topic.
Shirley September 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Gary, I agree with your 9:23 pm response. The mosquito infestation IS our problem but we need help in solving it and spraying would be it. Ideally, we would all clean up our properties after the spraying. Unfortunately, I have worked with the public long enough to know that getting cooperation is nearly impossible. What some call an independent streak, others may see it as utter contrariness. Several years ago I approached my neighbors to let them know I was considering installing a bat house on my property. Despite reading the information written by Mervin Tuttle I provided, they were against it. Ergo, no bat house. I have noticed that as long-time residents move out – at least on my street – the new, younger homeowners don’t mingle. They don’t even acknowledge a greeting. Isn’t that sad? And John Melilli, I can only wish my property tax bill were $8000. Yet I know that I have an active role to play in the success and wellbeing of my community.
Gary B September 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Oh don't get me wrong, people are people and they'll give you trouble just for the sake of giving you trouble (use the Patch's comments as a brief nonscientific example) ....I don't want to come off and sound naive as if we all are going to be friends. But I'd rather see the long time residents stay and be more active as opposed to leaving. And as once they leave they will become even more reclusive in the next town they move into (such as here) and they'll prove to be a burden to that town too. I'd like to see Collingswood take an initiative to set an example that bats are the vital part in mosquito infestation. I would be the first in line to erect bat houses along Newton Lake, Knight Park and of course most importantly strategic locations throughout Collingswood. ...and Shirley, erect the bat house anyways!!! :) It's your property and even though people may be dunces that shouldn't stop you from improving your life!! :) ...also, I would be for enforcing a town code for over run properties that are in part causing this epidemic. Maybe at the next town meeting this could be brought up. It seems ridiculous that simple measures can be taken but are foolishly disgarded.
Collingswoodnative September 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I have to agree about dealing with neighbors. Fifteen years ago we would have block parties now I have people across the street for two years that if you say hello to them they look at you as if you just walked across their living room with something nasty on the bottom of your shoes. Of course I have neighbors of 23 years that pretend they don't know anyone in the neighborhood either. $8000 a year in taxes? The good ol days!
Loretka September 18, 2012 at 08:38 PM
For a couple of years, I've been thinking about putting a bat house in my yard but never got around to it. One of my neighbors has also been talking about doing this. Maybe next spring.
Peeches September 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM
We have a school teacher in town who refuses to follow the City's direction to removed a poorly constructed fence. He may know English but he missed Wood Shop. The fence leaves gaps near the ground where water pools. The smart teacher was too dumb to know you make the fence level with the grown not the air. Mosquito heaven.
Peeches September 18, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Ok, so filling low areas with compost might be an idea, but where was Joan in the Spring when she should have told residents to start a compost heap. She must have a crystal ball. When you dig in the compost heap, doesn't that then make another hole? Just asking. Oh, and don't bother writing that Joan was caring for a sick someone, How long does it take to send a message out to the residents? Sounds like she had time to make her own compost pile. Just saying.
Shirley September 19, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Peeches, that gap under the fence may be an ideal spot for some compost! Joan Leonard will be so pleased.
Peeches September 19, 2012 at 08:52 PM
He is not allowed to do that, the City wants him to take it down and regrade. Actually they want him to take it down all together because he pulled a fast one and purchased old, used, marred, half painted, half not, partially rotting fence from Ebay, let it sit in his yard for almost 2 yrs. They panels then rubber against each other and look a mess. He presented what he was putting up as NEW, it wasn't caught till it was too late and he had it up. I agree compost might be nice but I don't have a compost pile and we are not allowed near his fence because it is on 3 inches on his property.
Peeches September 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
LOL, Can we buy it at Macy's?
Shirley September 23, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Don't have compost? You're in luck! According to the latest edition of the Town Crier, There's a community compost pile and, as a resident, you are welcome to take some for free. Fingers crossed that the neighbor's tatty fence is taken down. If your description of the fence is anything to go by, the yard must be a sight too. I hope it works out for you.


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