Seasons's first human case of West Nile virus confirmed

West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes

Just because West Nile was only found in one zip code does not mean that is the only place the virus is present in Kent County, said Adam London, administrative health officer at the health department.

So far in DE this year, no cases of WNV or EEE have been found in humans or horses.

Health officials are advising residents in the area to wear bug spray, avoid going out at night, wear light colors and purge your yard of standing water.

These are the first confirmed birds that tested positive for West Nile virus in Bayfield County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1 of this year. Holcombe says that's not surprising because for most people, West Nile Virus is completely asymptomatic.

Additional mosquito treatments are planned for the remainder of the season. Officials said she is recovering. "In some people, particularly those 60 and older or who have weakened immune systems, West Nile virus can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord", according to the Health Department. Of the 317 West Nile virus cases overall, 38 (15 percent) have died due to their infection. However, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September.

They're also most active in September.

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