Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Delaware Detects First Sign of West Nile Virus This Year

Delaware Detects First Sign of West Nile Virus This Year

The Marion County Public Health Department says it's found mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

In 2017, MS reported 63 cases of the virus, and two deaths.

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. If it rains, the spraying may move to Wednesday.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Mosquito Control Section, the Division of Public Health and Department of Agriculture announced the first detection Thursday.

- Contra Costa County residents are being warned about the threat of West Nile virus after seven chickens tested positive on Holland Tract near the town of Knightsen.

A resident living in the 75061 ZIP code was diagnosed with the neuroinvasive form of the disease, the more serious form of the virus.

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"The first area in most years is the southeast, either Brooks or Medicine Hat", said Dr. Vivien Suttorp, medical officer of health for the South Zone, over the phone from Lethbridge. The greatest concentration of mosquito-positive reports is in the southeastern part of the state, and particularly in the counties closest to the Maryland border, where York County has already reported more than 40 mosquitoes positive for West Nile.

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.

The City of Boston, in partnership with the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project, has placed larvicide in catch basins and wetlands, a process created to reduce the mosquito population. This means VB Mosquito Control will focus on stagnant water, such as ditches and other standing water areas.

In addition to wild bird testing, the Mosquito Control Section also operates 20 monitoring stations with caged chickens in the field statewide from early July into October. Both WNV and EEE cause severe, and sometimes fatal, infections in horses.

Symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and headache, while those with neurological syndrome can show serious symptoms, including tremors, drowsiness and paralysis.

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