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Delaware Reports Fifth Human Case of West Nile Virus

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 7:58 AM -04:00 Updated:

DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Delaware health officials say they have confirmed another human case of West Nile virus, marking the state's fifth case this year.           

This case involving a 57-year-old New Castle County man makes this Delaware's highest number of confirmed cases since 2015.           

Officials says the man's case still is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials confirmed this year's first Delawarean case of the virus in early August.           

West Nile is carried by mosquitoes and can lead to serious illness and even death. There are no human vaccines for the virus. Many infected people never show symptoms, which include but aren't limited to rashes and swollen lymph nodes.         

Health officials warn people to do everything they can to avoid mosquito bites and reduce the risk of infection, such as:

• When outside, wear shoes, light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants. Mosquito netting can protect one's face and neck, and infants in carriages, strollers and playpens. 
• Use EPA-registered insect repellents. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for reapplication times.
• Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
• Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs. • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child's hands, eyes, mouth, or on cut or irritated skin. Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to the child's face.

Learn more about West Nile here: https://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dph/epi/wnv.html  

 

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