Mosquito in Wilmington tests positive for West Nile virus

"While human incidence of West Nile Virus is rare, it is a unsafe disease with no cure or vaccine for people, so residents should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites", Public Health Director Phillip Tarte said in a statement.

Public health officials reported that an adult was infected and that the confirmation came through lab testing.

The virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

"We encourage everyone to take the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of exposure to West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito".

There were 39 confirmed cases of West Nile in humans in 2018 and 40 positive mosquito tests reported to Public Health. Public Health says the first human case of virus in the city past year was reported on July 27.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. "The risk of severe illness increases with age, as well as those individuals that have compromised immune systems".

Wear light-coloured clothing, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.

Wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long trousers to protect against mosquito bites.

Ensuring that all door and window screens are tight and free of any holes.

"Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property", said Kurt Clemens, the municipality's public health inspector, in a statement released Tuesday.

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