DPH Announces Second Human Case of West Nile Virus in Delaware

West Nile Virus

Dead birds had West Nile - BC News

According to KEELPNO, 88 of the 107 infected people suffered serious conditions related to the central nervous system - encephalitis and, or, meningitis - while in the other 19 cases they developed fevers. The Greenwood case falls into Category 2, defined as a "high" probability of human outbreak in a focal area.

West Nile can potentially pass from birds to mosquitoes to humans, but there is no indication that any people have been affected.

Officials continue to encourage people to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by taking basic precautions to help to limit exposure.

There have also been cases of mosquitos spreading the virus to horses and other animals, so horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarians for informations about equine vaccines.

Interior Health said the risk of infection from handling birds is very low; however, you should not use your bare hands to handle wild birds (dead or alive). Local authorities were urged by the ministry to fumigate areas where there are large concentrations of mosquitoes and/or larvae.

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"It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness, so take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours, which are dusk and dawn for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus".

A key step in the prevention of West Nile is reduction of mosquito breeding grounds. According KEELPNO's weekly report, released on Thursday, yet more virus infections are expected in the coming period.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Apply insect repellents sparingly to exposed skin.

-Repel: Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved insect repellents when outdoors, such as those containing the active ingredient DEET.

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