West Nile virus

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The warmer temperatures mean that mosquito season could last a bit longer than usual.

WBOC reports that the Delaware health officials say that it could last for another three to four weeks.

Dr. Bill Meredith with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control told the television station that they won’t disappear until there is a hard freeze.

He added there is also the continuing threat of West Nile virus that is spread by the insect.

It’s recommended that residents remove standing water and wear long-sleeved clothes during this period.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Summer may be over, but state environmental officials are reminding Delawareans that the bugs are still biting.

Officials say the recent detection of West Nile virus in caged chickens that are monitored for mosquito-borne diseases serves notice that mosquitoes remain active, especially during unseasonably warm weather.

William Meredith, Delaware's Mosquito Control Section administrator, says concerns about mosquito-borne diseases could continue for several more weeks, with the peak period for transmission lasting into mid-October.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in a horse in Delaware since 2015.

The Office of the State Veterinarian said Tuesday that the infected horse was an 11-year-old Quarter horse mare in Kent County.

Officials say the horse started showing signs of weakness in its limbs on Aug. 6 and was euthanized days later when it was no longer able to stand.

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DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force Base say a mosquito found there has tested positive for West Nile virus.
Officials say the discovery has prompted plans for a civil engineer squadron on base to begin treating standing water in the housing area with a larvicidal treatment, killing the larva before they become adults and a possible health threat.
Officials say the larvicides being used are safe for the environment and non-toxic to children and pets.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials are reporting the first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year in the state.
    
The health department said Monday an adult who lives in western Maryland has survived the infection.
    
The department says the virus has been detected in mosquito pools collected in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. A pool is a group of mosquitoes collected at one of several trap sites around the state.
    

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Health and agriculture officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito pool in Prince George's County, the first such pool found in the state this year.

The Department of Agriculture said in a news release Tuesday that workers mosquitoes collected mosquitoes in Capitol Heights on July 19. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in those mosquitoes on July 27.

Officials say truck sprayed the area to control adult mosquitoes.

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Delaware officials are asking residents to report any sick birds in their efforts to track the West Nile virus.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife said that finding such birds that may have died of the virus will help find areas where the mosquito-borne virus has been.

WBOC reports that species to watch range from crows, blue jays and cardinals to robins, hawks and owls among others.

In addition, authorities are considering imposing penalties on residents who leave standing water where mosquitos breed.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Public health officials say 13 cases of West Nile virus in humans have been confirmed in Maryland this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says that number is more than twice the number of West Nile virus cases reported in all of 2014.

The mosquito-borne virus also has been detected in mosquitoes and horses in the state this year.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Health officials say the first case of West Nile virus has been reported in Baltimore County.

The Baltimore County Department of Health said in a news release Wednesday that the person infected with the mosquito-borne virus died on Monday from causes not related to West Nile.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are reporting the state's first 2015 case of West Nile virus in a horse.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the 5-year-old Choctaw mare from Orange County had not been vaccinated for the mosquito-borne disease.

Mosquitoes can pick up the virus from infected birds and transfer it to humans, horses and other mammals. No drugs exist for treatment, and the mortality rate in horses is about 30 percent.

Continuous mosquito control can minimize risk of exposure.

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