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DPH Announces Second Human Case of West Nile Virus and First Case Detected in a Horse for 2021Date Posted: October 8, 2021
Statement from Treasurer Davis on Senate Vote to Increase of Debt CeilingDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Governor Carney Formally Extends Public Health EmergencyDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Delaware Announces Community Investment Recovery Fund for Delaware NonprofitsDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Blackbird Creek Reserve Hosts Fall FestivalDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Funding for New Delaware Hospital for the Chronically IllDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Delaware Public Archives Dedicates Women’s Suffrage Historical MarkerDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Change at Delaware Department of Education (DOE) Date Posted: October 6, 2021
Unemployment Insurance Policy Regarding Employer Vaccine MandatesDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Join the ‘Race to End COVID’ Event at Dover International SpeedwayDate Posted: October 5, 2021
Smokey Bear in Dover for Fire Prevention WeekDate Posted: October 5, 2021
DART First State Receives Grant to Expand Electric Bus FleetDate Posted: October 5, 2021
Governor Carney, Lt. Governor Hall-Long Announce $50M American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Investment in Jobs TrainingDate Posted: October 5, 2021
DPH Announces The Start of Flu Season: Vaccine Is Best Line of Defense For Delawareans 6 months and olderDate Posted: October 4, 2021
$26.4M American Rescue Plan Investment in Wilmington HousingDate Posted: October 4, 2021
Secretary of State Jeff Bullock Wishes Delawareans A Happy Italian American Heritage MonthDate Posted: October 4, 2021
Emergency Sirens To Be Tested October 5Date Posted: October 4, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct. 1, 2021: Positive Cases and Hospitalizations StabilizeDate Posted: October 4, 2021
National Firefighters Memorial ServiceDate Posted: October 3, 2021
Margaret Rose Henry Bridge Project Finalist for National AwardDate Posted: October 1, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Judicial NominationsDate Posted: October 1, 2021
In Memoriam: Second Lieutenant George M. JohnsonDate Posted: October 1, 2021
Statement from AG Jennings On Conviction of Michael HastingsDate Posted: September 30, 2021
DNREC Issues Two Authorizations to Diamond State Port Corporation for New Shipping Container FacilityDate Posted: September 30, 2021
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Opening in OctoberDate Posted: September 30, 2021
2022 Delaware Teacher of the Year to be named Oct. 11Date Posted: September 30, 2021
Renovated Garrisons Lake Boat Ramp Officially OpenDate Posted: September 29, 2021
DPH Oral Health Program, AAP Delaware Chapter Promote Early Literacy, Dental Care Through Book ProgramDate Posted: September 29, 2021
Delaware Public Archives Dedicates Women’s Suffrage Parade MarkerDate Posted: September 29, 2021
UD and DEMA Partner to Support Long-Term RecoveryDate Posted: September 29, 2021
October Is Delaware Cyber Security Awareness MonthDate Posted: September 29, 2021
Sept. 28, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 28, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Vaccine or Testing Requirement for EducatorsDate Posted: September 28, 2021
DNREC Seeks Entries for Delaware Watersheds Photo ContestDate Posted: September 28, 2021
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Art Imitates My Life and Inspires Young Artists” by Theresa Angela TaylorDate Posted: September 27, 2021
Medicare Assistance Bureau Shares Resources in Advance of Open EnrollmentDate Posted: September 27, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 24, 2021: Positive Cases and Hospitalizations Decline SlightlyDate Posted: September 24, 2021
DPH Advises Vaccine Providers to Offer Pfizer Booster to Eligible DelawareansDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Delaware Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp Art Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Increased West Nile Virus Activity Occurring in DelawareDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Historical Affairs programs in October 2021Date Posted: September 23, 2021
“Saluting Branches” – Arborist Day of ServiceDate Posted: September 23, 2021
AG Jennings sues Monsanto for PCB contaminationDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Delaware emitirá beneficios de emergencia mensuales el 29 de septiembre para todos los hogares de SNAP, TANF elegibleDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Del. to Issue Monthly Emergency Benefits Sept. 29 to All SNAP Households, Eligible TANF, General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Delaware Department of Labor Hosts Job Fairs Throughout September Attracting Hundreds of Job SeekersDate Posted: September 22, 2021
DCRPT convicts former Dewey Beach police officer for 2019 assaultDate Posted: September 22, 2021
Disability Awareness Month Poster Contest CANCELLED for 2021Date Posted: September 22, 2021
Department of State Announces Ownership Transfer of the Kirk and Short Building to the Biggs Museum of American ArtDate Posted: September 21, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 17, 2021: Hospitalizations and Case Numbers Continue Concerning Trend UpwardDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration after Flooding Caused by Tropical Depression IdaDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Three Environmental BillsDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Port Mahon Fishing Pier to Close for Emergency RepairsDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Change at Delaware Department of Human Resources (DHR)Date Posted: September 17, 2021
College Savings Highlighted in Work of Office of the State TreasurerDate Posted: September 17, 2021
DNREC Parks Director Earns National AwardDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Federal Assistance Available for New Castle County Small Businesses Economically Impacted by Hurricane IdaDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Keeping Kids Safe: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety Promotes National Child Passenger Safety WeekDate Posted: September 16, 2021
National POW/MIA Recognition DayDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Gov. Carney, Lt. Gov. Hall-Long, Sen. Carper, Rep. Blunt Rochester Announce $110M Universal Broadband Investment  Date Posted: September 16, 2021
Five-year Discount Trend Shows It’s A Great Time To Preserve Delaware FarmlandDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Stray Cat in New Castle Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 16, 2021
I-95/Route 1 Toll Amnesty Program to Begin October 1Date Posted: September 15, 2021
Delaware Agriculture Secretary Urges Farms to Participate in USDA Agricultural Labor SurveyDate Posted: September 15, 2021
Plan to Connect Donovan Smith Manufactured Home Community Gets Important Conditional ApprovalDate Posted: September 14, 2021
Unclaimed Property MONEY MATCH Program reunites over $900,000 to Delaware TaxpayersDate Posted: September 13, 2021
Governor Carney Proclaims Sept. 20-24 as Falls Prevention Awareness Week in DelawareDate Posted: September 13, 2021
DNREC to Begin Construction on Pomeroy Trail  Lighting in White Clay Creek State ParkDate Posted: September 13, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 10, 2021: Daily COVID-19 Cases Hits Highest Number Since JanuaryDate Posted: September 10, 2021
DNREC to Host Auburn Valley Master Plan Community MeetingDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Governor Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney Encourage Reading This FallDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Deer in Rehoboth Beach Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Flags to be Lowered September 11 in Observance of Patriot DayDate Posted: September 10, 2021
DNREC Chester-Choptank Watershed Report Details Wetland Health and Management RecommendationsDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to Temporarily Close for DredgingDate Posted: September 9, 2021
Auditor McGuiness: Annual Statewide Audit Again Finds Problems With DHSS’ Medicaid ProgramDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Governor Carney Formally Extends Public Health EmergencyDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Governor Carney, City of Wilmington, and DEMA Announce Flood Assistance ProgramsDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Fox in Greenwood Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 8, 2021
DNREC and Partners Earn Award for Living Shoreline ProjectDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Delaware Receives $10.8 Million to Improve Access to Affordable Health Coverage through Reinsurance ProgramDate Posted: September 7, 2021
Auditor McGuiness to Hold Town Halls on Spending of American Rescue Plan FundsDate Posted: September 7, 2021
Nominations Open for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards; Submission Deadline is Sept. 27Date Posted: September 7, 2021
DNREC to Begin Construction on Fort Delaware EnhancementsDate Posted: September 7, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept. 3, 2021: Hospitalizations, Cases Continue Concerning Trend UpwardDate Posted: September 3, 2021
DPH Announces First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Delaware Since 2018Date Posted: September 3, 2021
STATEMENT: Gov. Carney on Gov. Markell’s Appointment as White House Operation Allies Welcome CoordinatorDate Posted: September 3, 2021
Auditor McGuiness Supports Federal Legislation to End PBMs’ Predatory PracticesDate Posted: September 3, 2021
DNREC Announces Photo Contest WinnersDate Posted: September 3, 2021
Elsmere Woman Charged With Animal CrueltyDate Posted: September 2, 2021
Treasurer Davis Elected Vice President for Eastern Region TreasurersDate Posted: September 2, 2021
Historical Affairs Programs In September 2021Date Posted: September 1, 2021
EDGE Grants Competition Reopens To Benefit Delaware Small BusinessesDate Posted: September 1, 2021
Take a Summer Photo for Science and the EnvironmentDate Posted: September 1, 2021
Presenting Our Newest Delaware Historical Marker: Henry Clay VillageDate Posted: August 31, 2021
DNREC Reopens The Point at Cape Henlopen State ParkDate Posted: August 31, 2021
Severe Weather Possible Wednesday into ThursdayDate Posted: August 31, 2021
$12.3 Million in Health Insurance Rebates for Individuals and Small BusinessesDate Posted: August 31, 2021
DCRPT, DSP indict Trooper for phantom ticket schemeDate Posted: August 31, 2021
Flag Lowering for International Overdose Awareness DayDate Posted: August 30, 2021

Delaware Health and Social Services | Division of Public Health | Date Posted: Friday, October 8, 2021

DOVER (Oct. 8, 2021) – The Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today that a 79-year-old Sussex County woman has become infected with West Nile Virus (WNV), the state’s second case of human WNV in 2021. An epidemiological investigation is currently ongoing to confirm any travel history or sources that could have led to transmission. To protect the patient’s privacy, no more information will be provided on the individual at this time.
“As mosquito season continues through the fall months, it is important for everyone to take proper precautions when going outdoors in an environment where mosquitoes are prevalent,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Wearing insect repellent and wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants are easy measures to take that can protect against this serious and sometimes deadly virus.”
The mosquitoes that cause WNV bite primarily from dusk (evening) to dawn (morning). However, other mosquitoes that cause diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever, and Zika can bite during the day. It is important to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent whenever you go outdoors.
WNV is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause serious health problems. WNV is transmitted by mosquitoes, generally in summer and fall, with a peak period for disease transmissions from mid-August to mid-October. Nearly 80 percent of people infected with WNV will not become ill. While only a little less than 20 percent of those infected with the virus will develop West Nile fever with mild symptoms (fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash on the chest or back and swollen lymph glands), one in 150 people infected will develop severe infection (West Nile encephalitis or meningitis).
Symptoms of severe WNV infection include headache, high fever, stiff neck, and/or tremors and muscle weakness. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk. Anyone who experiences any of these severe symptoms should seek medical help immediately. Symptoms may progress to stupor, disorientation, coma, convulsions, paralysis and possibly death.
In addition, the Office of the State Veterinarian has announced a confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse. The infected horse was a 3-year-old Standardbred gelding residing in Kent County. The horse began showing signs of weakness in the hind limbs, with fever and respiratory signs on Oct. 1. The gelding lost the ability to stand and was therefore euthanized on Oct. 5. Samples were submitted to the Delaware Public Health Laboratory on Oct. 6, which confirmed the diagnosis of WNV on Oct. 7. The affected horse was not currently vaccinated against WNV.
West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are diseases transmitted to horses via the bites of mosquitoes. Humans can also be infected with WNV and EEE, but transmission requires a mosquito bite, and the virus cannot be directly transmitted between horses, or between horses and people. Signs of infection in horses include fever (although not always with WNV), anorexia, head pressing, depression or personality change, wobbling or staggering, weakness, blindness, convulsions, muscle spasms in the head and neck, or hind-limb weakness. If owners notice any of these signs in their horses, they should contact their veterinarian immediately.
“It is essential that owners of horses and other equines work with their veterinarian to set up a routine vaccination protocol to help prevent West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis,” said Dr. Karen Lopez, Deputy State Veterinarian. “Unfortunately, neither disease has a specific drug treatment. Eastern Equine Encephalitis infections are fatal in 70 to 90 percent of the cases, and West Nile Virus is fatal in 30 percent of the horses that contract it.”
Horse owners can take several additional steps in the barn and around the farm to help protect horses from mosquito bites. Horses should be kept inside during dawn and dusk, which are peak hours for mosquito activity. Topical insect repellents labeled for use on horses may be applied. The wind generated by fans installed in horse stalls can also help deter mosquitoes. Old tires and containers should be disposed of, and standing water eliminated. Water troughs or buckets should be emptied, cleaned, and refilled every 2-3 days if possible to remove any mosquito eggs or larvae.
Mosquito Bite Prevention: To avoid mosquito bites and reduce the risk of infection, individuals should:
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for reapplication times.
If using sunscreen, apply it first and insect repellent second.
Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply it to the child’s face. Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, or on cut or irritated skin.
Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
When outside, wear shoes, light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants. Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs. Mosquito netting can protect one’s face and neck, and infants in carriages, strollers and playpens.
Use permethrin (an insecticide) to treat clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents), but do not apply to skin.
Prevent mosquitoes from entering the house by using screens and keeping windows and doorways tightly sealed.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Mosquito Control section announced WNV in sentinel chickens for the first time this year in July. Delawareans are reminded that the possibility of contracting mosquito-transmitted diseases, including WNV and EEE, will continue until colder autumn temperatures in mid-October or later. Until that time, in response to findings of WNV or EEE in humans or horses by the Division of Public Health and Delaware Department of Agriculture, respectively, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section typically increases its mosquito population surveillance efforts in the vicinity of the virus findings, and then, depending on types and numbers of mosquitoes encountered, takes appropriate mosquito control measures as warranted. To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 1-888-295-5156.
For more information about mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses, use the following resources:
For mosquito biology/ecology and control, contact the DNREC Mosquito Control section office in Dover at 302-739-9917.
For requests for mosquito relief in upstate areas from Dover north, contact Mosquito Control’s Glasgow field office at 302-836-2555.
For requests for mosquito relief in downstate areas south of Dover, contact Mosquito Control’s Milford field office at 302-422-1512.
For animal health questions, contact the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Poultry and Animal Health Section at 302-698-4561.
To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the Division of Public Health Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology toll-free at 1-888-295-5156.
For more information on West Nile virus or Eastern equine encephalitis, visit www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm.
For more information on what you can do to prevent West Nile Virus, visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s website, www.cdc.gov/westnile/prevention/index.html.
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Delaware Health and Social Services | Division of Public Health | Date Posted: Friday, October 8, 2021

DOVER (Oct. 8, 2021) – The Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today that a 79-year-old Sussex County woman has become infected with West Nile Virus (WNV), the state’s second case of human WNV in 2021. An epidemiological investigation is currently ongoing to confirm any travel history or sources that could have led to transmission. To protect the patient’s privacy, no more information will be provided on the individual at this time.
“As mosquito season continues through the fall months, it is important for everyone to take proper precautions when going outdoors in an environment where mosquitoes are prevalent,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Wearing insect repellent and wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants are easy measures to take that can protect against this serious and sometimes deadly virus.”
The mosquitoes that cause WNV bite primarily from dusk (evening) to dawn (morning). However, other mosquitoes that cause diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever, and Zika can bite during the day. It is important to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent whenever you go outdoors.
WNV is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause serious health problems. WNV is transmitted by mosquitoes, generally in summer and fall, with a peak period for disease transmissions from mid-August to mid-October. Nearly 80 percent of people infected with WNV will not become ill. While only a little less than 20 percent of those infected with the virus will develop West Nile fever with mild symptoms (fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash on the chest or back and swollen lymph glands), one in 150 people infected will develop severe infection (West Nile encephalitis or meningitis).
Symptoms of severe WNV infection include headache, high fever, stiff neck, and/or tremors and muscle weakness. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk. Anyone who experiences any of these severe symptoms should seek medical help immediately. Symptoms may progress to stupor, disorientation, coma, convulsions, paralysis and possibly death.
In addition, the Office of the State Veterinarian has announced a confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse. The infected horse was a 3-year-old Standardbred gelding residing in Kent County. The horse began showing signs of weakness in the hind limbs, with fever and respiratory signs on Oct. 1. The gelding lost the ability to stand and was therefore euthanized on Oct. 5. Samples were submitted to the Delaware Public Health Laboratory on Oct. 6, which confirmed the diagnosis of WNV on Oct. 7. The affected horse was not currently vaccinated against WNV.
West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are diseases transmitted to horses via the bites of mosquitoes. Humans can also be infected with WNV and EEE, but transmission requires a mosquito bite, and the virus cannot be directly transmitted between horses, or between horses and people. Signs of infection in horses include fever (although not always with WNV), anorexia, head pressing, depression or personality change, wobbling or staggering, weakness, blindness, convulsions, muscle spasms in the head and neck, or hind-limb weakness. If owners notice any of these signs in their horses, they should contact their veterinarian immediately.
“It is essential that owners of horses and other equines work with their veterinarian to set up a routine vaccination protocol to help prevent West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis,” said Dr. Karen Lopez, Deputy State Veterinarian. “Unfortunately, neither disease has a specific drug treatment. Eastern Equine Encephalitis infections are fatal in 70 to 90 percent of the cases, and West Nile Virus is fatal in 30 percent of the horses that contract it.”
Horse owners can take several additional steps in the barn and around the farm to help protect horses from mosquito bites. Horses should be kept inside during dawn and dusk, which are peak hours for mosquito activity. Topical insect repellents labeled for use on horses may be applied. The wind generated by fans installed in horse stalls can also help deter mosquitoes. Old tires and containers should be disposed of, and standing water eliminated. Water troughs or buckets should be emptied, cleaned, and refilled every 2-3 days if possible to remove any mosquito eggs or larvae.
Mosquito Bite Prevention: To avoid mosquito bites and reduce the risk of infection, individuals should:
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for reapplication times.
If using sunscreen, apply it first and insect repellent second.
Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply it to the child’s face. Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, or on cut or irritated skin.
Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
When outside, wear shoes, light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants. Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs. Mosquito netting can protect one’s face and neck, and infants in carriages, strollers and playpens.
Use permethrin (an insecticide) to treat clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents), but do not apply to skin.
Prevent mosquitoes from entering the house by using screens and keeping windows and doorways tightly sealed.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Mosquito Control section announced WNV in sentinel chickens for the first time this year in July. Delawareans are reminded that the possibility of contracting mosquito-transmitted diseases, including WNV and EEE, will continue until colder autumn temperatures in mid-October or later. Until that time, in response to findings of WNV or EEE in humans or horses by the Division of Public Health and Delaware Department of Agriculture, respectively, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section typically increases its mosquito population surveillance efforts in the vicinity of the virus findings, and then, depending on types and numbers of mosquitoes encountered, takes appropriate mosquito control measures as warranted. To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 1-888-295-5156.
For more information about mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses, use the following resources:
For mosquito biology/ecology and control, contact the DNREC Mosquito Control section office in Dover at 302-739-9917.
For requests for mosquito relief in upstate areas from Dover north, contact Mosquito Control’s Glasgow field office at 302-836-2555.
For requests for mosquito relief in downstate areas south of Dover, contact Mosquito Control’s Milford field office at 302-422-1512.
For animal health questions, contact the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Poultry and Animal Health Section at 302-698-4561.
To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the Division of Public Health Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology toll-free at 1-888-295-5156.
For more information on West Nile virus or Eastern equine encephalitis, visit www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm.
For more information on what you can do to prevent West Nile Virus, visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s website, www.cdc.gov/westnile/prevention/index.html.
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Related Topics:  DE Division of Public Health, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware Division of Public Health, mosquitoes, west nile, West Nile Virus

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