West Nile Virus Diagnosed in DNREC Sentinel Chickens

Jul 29, 2013 -- 5:25pm

West Nile Virus appears to have arrived in Delaware.

Blood samples from DNREC’s sentinel chickens at monitoring stations in Leipsic and Georgetown tested positive for the virus on Friday. The chickens are used by the Mosquito Control Section to monitor for mosquito-borne diseases.

Mosquito Control says no cases of West Nile have been diagnosed in wild birds, horses or humans so far this year. However, Administrator Dr. William Meredith says it is unusual to find the first occurrences of West Nile in the sentinel chickens, and not in wild birds. He says it’s also unusual for the first cases of West Nile to happen in Kent or Sussex Counties, as opposed to New Castle County.

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