CURB YOUR DOG
The Borough of Butler Health Department reminds all dog owners to curb and clean up the feces while walking their dogs. Local law requires that dogs use the gutter (street) while doing their business. DOGS MUST BE CURBED. The law also requires that all dogs must be properly leashed and under the control of a responsible person while being walked.
Dogs must not use any public or private property, such as sidewalks, fields, grassy areas or parks. This is important since dog feces may contain bacteria and parasites that are easily transmitted to humans.
Dog droppings must immediately be removed and placed in a sealed, non-absorbant and leak-proof container such as a plastic bag that can be knotted. DO NOT THROW DROPPINGS OR BAGS INTO THE STREET CATCH BASIN because this is unsanitary and creates foul odors. In addition, the accumulation of the plastic bags creates sewer back ups.
Everyone should be aware that it is illegal to throw anything into the catch basins. State and local laws prohibit any person from throwing, pouring or discarding any solids, liquids or hazardous waste into the street sewers.
Your anticipated cooperation will be greatly appreciated by everyone. This will result in a cleaner and healthier Butler! Thank you
ANIMAL CRUELTY INFORMATION
Pursuant to the provisions of P.L. 2017, CHAPTER 189 b. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has provided the following information: (Click the links below to read the full text)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT WEST NILE VIRUS
What is West Nile virus? Where did it come from?
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus commonly found in Africa, West Asia and the Middle East. It was first identified in the United States in the late summer of 1999.
How do people get West Nile virus?
People become infected with West Nile virus from the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected by biting birds which are infected with the virus. Some birds may die of the disease, but they are not known to transmit the disease to humans.
What are the symptoms of West Nile virus?
Not all humans infected with the disease will become ill. Most infections are mild and symptoms may include fever, headache, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph glands. Most people recover from the disease. When more severe symptoms occur, they can range from fever, rash and headache to meningitis, encephalitis, coma and death.
Who is at risk for getting West Nile virus?
People who live or work in areas where active cases have been identified are at risk of getting West Nile virus if bitten by an infected mosquito. However, people over the age of 50 and those with weak immune systems are at greater risk for more serious illness.
How is it treated?
There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus, nor is there a vaccine. Most people recover completely within two weeks. In more severe infections, intensive supportive therapy may be needed.
What can I do to reduce my risk of becoming infected with West Nile Virus?
There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus such as:
- To reduce mosquito breeding on your property, eliminate standing water by disposing of empty cans, buckets, flowerpots, old tires, trash cans, etc.
- Clean clogged roof gutters.
- Empty plastic pools when not in use and drain swimming pool covers.
- At least weekly, change water in bird baths and flush sump pits.
- Stock ornamental ponds with goldfish.
- Check and repair screens and screen doors.
- Stay indoors during dawn. dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when you are outdoors. Avoid areas with heavy underbrush and trees.
- Apply insect repellant sparingly to exposed skin. Be sure to follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully
- Effective insect repellents will contain 20% to 30% of DEET. DEET is the active ingredient in insect repellents.
- Avoid applying repellant on or near the mouth and eve areas as it may cause irritation.
- Avoid applying repellant on the hands of children to avoid eye or mouth irritation.
- Do not apply insect repellents on children less than three years old.
- Insect repellents containing permethrin may be sprayed on clothing to help prevent mosquitoes from biting through cloth.
Where can I get more information?
- Rutgers University Mosquito Research and Control Unit
Phone: (732) 932-9341
- Centers for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov then press "Health Topics"