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  • EEE reported in Delaware through sentinel chickens, first time since 2008

  • Delaware has recorded a finding of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), from the Delaware Public Health Laboratory Aug. 13 after a sentinel chicken tested positive for the virus.
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  • Delaware has recorded a finding of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), from the Delaware Public Health Laboratory Aug. 13 after a sentinel chicken tested positive for the virus.
    The finding occurred within the statewide network of 24 sentinel chicken stations administered by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Mosquito Control Section to help monitor for both EEE and West Nile virus (WNV); primary mosquito-borne human health threats in Delaware. The chicken found to have the encephalitis virus was sampled at a monitoring station near Frankford in Sussex County.
    EEE was last detected in Delaware in October 2008, in three birds from the sentinel chicken network from near New Castle, Kenton and Little Creek. The Public Health Laboratory also reported on Aug. 12 the finding of West Nile virus in three more sentinel chickens sampled by Mosquito Control, bringing the total to six WNV-positive birds for 2013. In addition, Mosquito Control received the first reports of WNV in wild birds, beginning with a blue jay collected near Lewes on July 25, followed by another blue jay near Dover, a crow near Millsboro and, most recently, a hawk near Camden on Aug. 8.
    Delawareans should take precautions to reduce or avoid mosquito bites for at least the next two months or until the first hard frost, when mosquito populations will subside, said Dr. William Meredith, DNREC Mosquito Control Administrator.
    For more information: (302) 836-2555 or visit cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm.
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