Delaware Public Media

West Nile Virus

If you own a horse, agriculture officials advise that you get it vaccinated from mosquito-borne diseases as soon as possible.


The Delaware Department of Agriculture says late summer is the best time for mosquito breeding, which means there will be plenty of mosquitos outside. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware has its first indication that West Nile Virus is present in the state this year.


Seven sentinel chickens tested positive for the virus in August, according to Delaware’s Division of Public Health Laboratory.


Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Contrl Section Administrator Dr. William Meredith said all of the chickens were from New Castle County locations north of the C&D Canal.


Delaware's first human case of West Nile Virus since 2013 has been reported in Sussex County.

The state Department of Public Health says a six-year-old girl fell ill with symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness. She was hospitalized briefly and is now recovering at home.

Paula Eggers is an infectious disease epidemiologist with the DPH. While this is the first case that's been reported in a couple of years, she says the virus has probably still been present in the First State.