First State sees first signs of West Nile this year

West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes

First case of West Nile virus in 2017 reported in Kent County

Officials say they also found West Nile virus in a wild crow in northwestern New Castle County. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. Dr. David Holcombe with the Office of Public Health says the virus is transmitted by household mosquitos that are common in Louisiana. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue.

West Nile virus has made its way into Wilmington and west-central Kent County.

There have been no human cases so far.

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West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October.

West Nile is an illness that can be deadly for people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly, according to the health department.

"The number of mosquito pools testing positive for West Nile virus has reached a record high at this point in the season - 337 mosquito 'pools, ' or a collection of mosquitoes captured in a surveillance trap, have tested positive this season", the agency stated. The new samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected from July 31 to August 6 in Lindenhurst, Copiague, North Babylon, West Babylon, West Babylon, Nesconset, Port Jeff Station, Rocky Point, East Hampton, Huntington, Dix Hills, Greenlawn and Southold.

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