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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say a 6-year-old Sussex County girl is recovering after contracting West Nile Virus.
Officials said Thursday that the girl's illness, which resulted in a brief hospital stay, is the first human West Nile Virus case reported in Delaware since 2013.
Public Health director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the case is a reminder that mosquito-borne virus is still active in Delaware.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in chickens that are monitored in an effort to prevent spread of the virus in Delaware.

The Division of Public Health reported the results from blood samples from chickens at a monitoring station in Wilmington on Thursday. The birds, called sentinel chickens, are tested every two weeks for antibodies to West Nile.

Officials will increase its monitoring activities in the area.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach officials says mosquitoes in some parts of the city have tesed positive for West Nile virus.

Media outlets report the testing occurred over the past three weeks.

West Nile is spread by mosquitoes and can lead to severe headaches and dizziness.

Officials say there will be increased spraying for mosquitoes in the affected areas, which include those near Red Wing Park, the Thalia and Kings Grant neighborhoods and Old Dam Neck Road in Ocean Lakes. Other crews are treating standing water in the same areas.

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There’s good news on the mosquito front.

Delaware has not seen any sign of Eastern Equine Encephalitis so far this year.

And evidence of West Nile Virus has been light in the First State.

Meanwhile, on the Maryland Eastern Shore and Virginia there has been no sign of Eastern Equine Encephalitis while all the cases of West Nile Virus have been on the Western Shore.

State officials say the drier-than-normal conditions have been the key reason but they note that the mosquito season begins in earnest starting mid-August and ending in early October.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Natural resources officials are asking that residents report sick or dead wild birds as part of the state's monitoring of the West Nile virus.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife Mosquito Control Section said Wednesday that beginning June 2, resident can report sick or dead crows, blue jays, cardinals, robins, and hawks or owls. Residents are also asked to report clusters of five or more sick or dead wild birds of any species.

Officials say some dead birds will be collected and tested for West Nile virus.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is spraying areas of Anne Arundel County to control mosquitoes after the detection of West Nile virus.

The Department of Agriculture says heavy rain earlier in the summer hatched a high concentration of mosquitoes that can spread the disease in the area.

Officials say the spraying on Wednesday night targeted a one mile radius around the home of a person who was infected with the virus. Sprayers will go out again in the county Thursday night.

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A single sample of mosquitos has tested positive for the West Nile Virus in the Ocean Pines area.

It’s the first such result this year.

Worcester County Health Department recommendations range from urging people to stay indoors at dawn and dusk and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to cleaning up any mosquito breeding areas such as standing water.

Officials note that most people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms.

But some people can experience swollen lymph glands, a rash, fever, headaches and disorientation. 

The Mosquitos Are Here

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The Maryland Department of Agriculture says…mosquitos really are worse this summer.

Dan Schamberger, an environmental specialist with the department, says that the abundance of rainfall has produced a large population across the Eastern Shore.

And he tells the Salisbury Daily Times that they are aggressive biters.

Despite the mosquito upsurge, so far Maryland has yet to confirm any vases of West Nile virus.

Meanwhile, to combat the insects state officials say they are using the regular methods of mosquito control such as spraying and using larvicide.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say West Nile Virus has been detected in the state for first time this year.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Monday that blood samples from sentinel chickens monitored for mosquito-borne diseases tested positive for the virus.

The chickens were sampled at monitoring stations in Leipsic and Georgetown. Mosquito population monitoring will be stepped up in these areas.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Public health officials are urging Maryland residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites to prevent infection with the West Nile virus.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says it began tracking the virus on Monday for the 2013 season. Last year, there were 47 cases reported in Maryland.

Officials say residents should avoid areas of high mosquito activity long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats when concerned about mosquito exposure. Residents are also urged to use an EPA-registered insect repellent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State wildlife officials are asking that residents report sick or dead wild birds that may have contracted the West Nile virus.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife Mosquito Control Section asks for reporting on crows, blue jays, cardinals, robins, and hawks or owls. Officials also want to hear about three or more sick or dead wild birds of any species.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can affect humans and unvaccinated horses. There were nine human cases and one fatality caused by the virus in Delaware in 2012.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Public health officials say two more cases of West Nile virus has been confirmed in residents, bringing the number infected to five, including one death.

The Division of Public Health said Tuesday that a 73-year-old Newark man is hospitalized in critical condition with the virus. A 46-year-old Harrington man was treated and released from a hospital with the disease. Officials say the Harrington man may have contracted the virus in Maryland or Washington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials are reporting the state's first death this year from the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

Officials said a 76-year-old New Castle woman with West Nile virus infection and several underlying medical conditions died Thursday.

The also said tests conducted this week confirmed that an 80-year-old Wilmington woman also contracted the virus, bringing the total this year to three.

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Mayor Jim Ireton wants to increase spending on mosquito spraying this season.

He says the amendment to this year’s spending plan would help Salisbury coordinate its effort with Wicomico County.

In the wake of the rise in the West Nile Virus that has left on dead in the state of Maryland Ireton reminded residents to protect themselves against mosquitos that carry the disease.  

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials are reporting the state's first death from the West Nile virus.

State health department spokeswoman Dori Henry said Thursday that the department is not releasing any details on the death. Maryland has had 13 cases of West Nile virus so far this year. Nineteen cases were reported last year and 23 the year before in Maryland.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A second West Nile virus case has been reported in Maryland.

A state health official said Thursday that the new case is in the Washington metro area, but she did not give an exact location. The first was reported in mid-July in central Maryland.

The West Nile Virus has returned to Delaware.

Tests this week confirmed its presence when four birds turned up positive for the virus in July.

Three tested positive in New Castle County and one in Kent County according to the US Interior Department. 

US officials also found that in Maryland the virus was confirmed in mosquitos last month in Montgomery County.

The Interior Department said that no mosquitos turned up positive in either Virginia or Delaware for the West Nile virus.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials say a dead crow found in the Newark area has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first reported case of the disease in the state this year.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the finding is not a cause for alarm because the mosquito-borne disease has been found in the state every year since 2001. But officials are warning residents to reduce their risk of mosquito infections by avoiding mosquito-infested areas, wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent.