Campbell County West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed

Grant Boone
September 16, 2018

The Office of the State Veterinarianannounced Delaware's third case of West Nile Virus (WNV) found in horses this year. The health department advises residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

According to DHHS, Thursday's declaration comes after 16 mosquito batches tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in New Hampshire since the beginning of July: nine in Manchester, three in Nashua, and one each in Salem, Keene, North Hampton and Rye.

So far, the health unit has not been able to identify where the person contracted the virus, as they had recently done some traveling outside of the province.

Your risk of getting West Nile from a mosquito bite is increasing as the fall weather approaches.

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Use an approved insect repellent and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Dusk and dawn are times when mosquitoes are most active. You are also encouraged to drain standing water around your home. "Even though we monitor mosquito activity, conduct larvicide treatments, and fog areas of known activity, this is a reminder that people must be vigilant and take personal measures to keep from being bitten by mosquitoes", said Dick.

However, in rare instances, the virus can cause meningitis, encephalitis or death. Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of severe disease from the virus.

"Past surveillance for West Nile virus in our region has shown that the virus is established within Simcoe Muskoka and that we need to be aware", said Dr. Gardner.

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