The Office of the State Veterinarian today announced the Delaware’s first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse in 2017. This is the first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in Delaware since 2015.
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.
Late summer coincides with peak mosquito season, which brings an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) for humans, but also for horses.
“Owners are encouraged to talk to their veterinarian about having their horses vaccinated against these viruses,” said Delaware State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst.
Public asked to report sick or dead wild birds to DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section for 2017 West Nile virus monitoring
The DNREC Mosquito Control Section asks the public to help monitor West Nile virus in Delaware by reporting sick or dead wild birds that may have contracted the virus.
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) endorsed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidelines today, including urging pregnant women to postpone travel to areas where Zika transmission is ongoing. The countries listed include but are not limited to: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama. For the complete list of Caribbean, Central and South American, and African countries impacted, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.