The detection this week of West Nile virus (WNV) in sentinel chickens monitored for mosquito-borne diseases by DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section serves notice to Delawareans that mosquitoes remain very active, especially during unseasonably warm weather the state is now experiencing, and that precautions should continue to be taken against mosquito bites that could transmit WNV.
DNREC Mosquito Control Section announces year’s first findings of West Nile and equine encephalitis viruses
DNREC, Public Health and Dept. of Agriculture announce the first detection of mosquito-transmitted viruses in Delaware this year.
Weather-permitting, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section within the Division of Fish & Wildlife will begin its annual spring woodland pool spraying campaign Thursday, March 23 downstate and possibly Friday, March 24 upstate, treating wooded wetlands near select populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.
School is in full swing but the official end of summer does not mean the end of mosquito season. Mosquitoes can breed and bite for another several weeks in Delaware. To prevent the spread of Zika and any mosquito-borne illness, the Division of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) reminds you that stopping the mosquito bite is still the best protection against disease. Delaware now has 15 Zika cases, including four not previously announced. All cases were caused by mosquito bites while traveling abroad.
Senator Carper joined officials from the Division of Public Health and DNREC to announce $813,000 in federal funding to help Delaware’s efforts to prevent and respond to the Zika virus.