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Man Tests Positive for First 2018 West Nile Case in Delaware

Posted: Aug 08, 2018 11:56 PM Updated:

DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Division of Public Health says a Sussex County man tested positive for the West Nile Virus, Delaware's first human case of 2018.

According to the department, the 60-year-old man was in the hospital with the illness for a short time in July. His test results came back positive with the DPH Laboratory in Smyrna, and later blood samples were confirmed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DPH says the West Nile can be a serious illness, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. There was only one case of the WNV in 2017, a woman in Kent County.

The department advises people too take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

“With the appearance of this disease in a person, along with an accompanying increase of West Nile Virus in wild birds, we want to urge everyone to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites. These bites can cause much more serious health problems than just itching and discomfort,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a statement. “This is an early start to the transmission season for West Nile Virus, and it is concerning that we could see more cases this year in humans than in past years.”

WNV has tested positive in wild birds and sentinel chickens this year across Delaware, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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