State reports first 2 cases of West Nile virus

Ben Davidson
September 8, 2018

The Delaware Division of Public Health announced that the disease was confirmed in the illness of a 73-year-old New Castle County man, who has been hospitalized since late August.

Offiicials say that re-affirms the presence of the virus in mosquito pools in our area.

The agencies said the best way to avoid the disease is to not get bitten by a mosquito. Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. The CDC now recommends wearing insect repellent whenever you go out.

Adults 50 years or older and those with weakened immune symptoms are at risk of developing more severe symptoms such as acute headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, difficulty swallowing or confusion.

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To report suspected cases of human West Nile, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156. They note most people infected with West Nile Virus have no symptoms. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin.

Anyone bitten by an infected mosquito can get sick, but only some 20 percent of the people infected with the virus show illness; in OH, the highest risk is to people older than 50 years of age.

The CCHHS and DCMA are advising Nevadans to use insect repellants when outdoors containing DEET, wearing long sleeves, long trousers and socks, taking extra care during peak mosquito biting hours and mosquito proofing homes. More information about insect repellents can be found here. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times. Use your air conditioning, if you have it.

- Be sure to drain all standing water when possible. "We continue to conduct arboviral surveillance through October, as the threat of mosquito-borne illness remains".

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