Delaware Division of Public Health is reminding community members to protect themselves against West Nile virus.
West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes when they bite. Delaware has no human cases of the disease this year, but one in 150 people infected develop severe infection (West Nile encephalitis or meningitis) with headache, high fever, stiff neck, and/or tremors and muscle weakness.
To avoid mosquito bites and reduce the risk of infection, residents should:
- Wear insect repellent containing less than 30 percent DEET for adults; less than 10 percent DEET for children, when outside during spring, summer or fall.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in mosquito-infested areas
- Avoid being outside during peak mosquito activity such as during dusk, evening or early morning
- Drain or remove items that collect water and provide mosquito-breeding habitat such as buckets, rain barrels, old tires, blocked rain gutters and unused swimming pools.
For more information visit .cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm or call (888) 295-5156.