Douglas County confirms 2017's first case of West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes

State officials say two mosquito-borne viruses that carry potentially serious health risks for humans have been detected in so-called sentinel chickens in DE for the first time this year.

West Springfield's Health Department confirmed mosquito samples from the city have tested positive for the virus.

Human cases of West Nile happen each year in New York City, and a lot of them are identified between late July and October.

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"The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area", said Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken in a news release, adding "there is no cause for alarm". It's important to take precautions.

West Nile virus can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

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". Activities include trapping and identifying mosquitoes, treating neglected swimming pools, and reporting and testing dead birds. And to avoid being outside during the peak mosquito hours of dawn and dusk. Wear gloves and place the dead bird or squirrel in a double plastic bag if you dispose of it yourself.

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