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  • West Nile virus reported in Middletown

  • A human West Nile virus case has been reported in Middletown, making it the first in the M.O.T. area and seventh for the state of Delaware.
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  • A human West Nile virus case has been reported in Middletown, making it the first in the M.O.T. area and seventh for the state of Delaware.
    According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, the case was mild and the person's prognosis is good.
    Seven cases statewide is the second largest yearly total in state history, which is only surpassed by 2003, where 17 cases were reported.
    Mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus, generally between the spring and fall.
    About 80 percent of those infected do not become ill, and the 20 percent who do, develop West Nile Fever with mild flu like symptoms.
    One of every 150 people infected will develop a severe infection.
    Symptoms of severe West Nile virus include headache, high fever, stiff neck, tremors and muscle weakness.
    These symptoms may progress to stupor, disorientation, coma, convulsions, paralysis, and possibly death.
    Preventing West Nile is as simple as avoiding mosquito bites and to reduce the risk of infection, you should wear insect repellant while outside in the spring, summer or fall, wear long sleeved shirts and pants in mosquito infested areas, avoid being outside at dusk, evening or early morning hours, and drain or remove items from your yard that collect water and could create a mosquito-breeding habitat.
    Mosquito control season in Delaware runs from mid-March to mid-October, and sometimes as late as early November.
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