Delaware's Division of Public Health is announcing the state's second human case of West Nile Virus this year. Horse owners are advised to contact their veterinarians for information about equine vaccines for West Nile virus. "It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness, so take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours, which are dusk and dawn for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus".
In addition to those cases, health officials say three blood donors in MI have had West Nile detected in their blood in 2018. The risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people; however, people over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk.
Those individuals can suffer brain swelling, inflammation of the brain lining and paralysis, and can potentially die from the virus.
Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile when they feed on the blood of a bird that carries the virus, like ravens, jays or crows.
Homeowners can also eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds on their property, which includes anything that can hold water, such as pools and even the saucers under flowerpots.
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"As the fall approaches, it's vital to remember that mosquito bite protection should continue until the weather significantly cools", said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the MDHHS.
In June, DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services issued an updated manual with recommendations for mosquito control activities in response to West Nile.
Check to see if the screens on your doors and windows are in good shape.
Wear loose fitting, light-coloured clothing, full-length trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt. Apply mosquito repellent to areas of exposed skin.
"People can avoid insect bites by using insect repellent and wearing tops with long sleeves".