12 August, 2017
State officials reported Thursday the first case of West Nile Virus of the season has been detected in both humans and mosquitos. No humans or horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk so far this year. CCHHS staff plan to treat the areas to keep the virus from spreading.
Dead birds may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area.
West Nile virus has made its way into Wilmington and west-central Kent County. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some people, it can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord.
Severe symptoms and signs may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. If you're experiencing this type of illness, it's important to seek medical treatment.
Before going outdoors, do not forget to apply an insect repellent containing 25 to 35 percent DEET when outdoors. Products containing picaridin and permethrin have also been found to be effective in repelling mosquitoes, as has oil of lemon eucalyptus. More information about insect repellents can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html.
If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, DRESS in long sleeves and trousers.
Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours.
Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good fix. Use your air conditioning, if you have it. Change water in pet bowls, flowerpots, and birdbaths at least twice a week.
The CCHHS environmental health specialists and DCMA staff routinely survey known breeding sources for mosquitoes and trap them for identification.
Mosquito samples from Blaine, Hill, Custer and Prairie counties recently tested positive.