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First specimen case of West Nile Virus detected in Kent County

First specimen case of West Nile Virus detected in Kent County”

Officials say 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.

The patient is less than 50 years old and has underlying medical conditions, according to the health department.

The health unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June.

Hancock Public Health sprayed for mosquitoes Wednesday evening and will spray again before the Heritage Day Festival in the village on August 19, Mayor Cynthia Morrison said.

The West Springfield Health department recommends clearing blocked gutters, eliminating any standing water in yards and making sure pool circulation systems are running continuously. The county also set four traps that attract the kind of mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus: Aedes Egypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes.

The first MI case of West Nile was diagnosed in 2001, two years after it appeared in the United States. "We expect West Nile to be present to some degree until the first frost".

The West Nile virus was first detected in New York City 18 years ago, and since 1999, the number of human cases has ranged from three to 47 annually.



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