A 70-year-old Kent County woman was briefly hospitalized with West Nile virus and is recovering at home in the first lab-confirmed human WNV case reported in 2017, the Division of Public Health reported.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control recently announced the continued presence of West Nile virus in sentinel chickens monitored for mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitoes remain active, especially during the unseasonably warm weather the state is experiencing.

“This new case is a reminder that West Nile virus is still active in Delaware,” said DPH Director Karyl Rattay. “It is just as important during these unseasonably warm fall months as it was in the summer to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites. These bites can cause much more serious health problems than just itching and discomfort.”

For more on DNREC Mosquito Control, call 739-9917 or visit delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/MosquitoSection.aspx.