First specimen case of West Nile Virus detected in Kent County

Henrietta Strickland
August 12, 2017

Officials said West Nile virus was recently detected along the Delaware River in the Wilmington area and in west-central Kent County, with both instances confirmed by blood samples taken from the caged chickens that are used to detect the virus.

Confirmation of the first West Nile virus positive bird means the virus is circulating between birds and mosquitoes and there is heightened risk of infection in humans.

The virus was found as a result of a, "massive mosquito surveillance project conducted by the environmental health division at the Kent County Health Department".

So far this year, West Nile virus activity has been reported in 28 California counties, including neighboring Sacramento and Placer counties.

The majority of the positive West Nile samples were detected on Staten Island, but mosquitoes with West Nile have been found in every borough. Last year, four West Nile virus positive birds were identified in El Dorado County on the western slope. The remaining 95 samples from 24 traps set June 26 tested negative for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis. The illness is not spread from person-to-person.

While most people with the virus will experience mild or no symptoms, some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, according to Tomarken.

The Elmore County Pest Abatement District is treating these mosquito pools with fogging. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.

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