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The number of U.S. deaths and illnesses from a rare mosquito-borne virus are higher than usual this year, health officials report. Eastern equine encephalitis has been diagnosed in 21 people in six states, and five people have died. The infection is only being seen in certain counties within a small number of states.
A test has found West Nile Virus in a mosquito in New Hanover County.
The town of Burgaw plans to resume spraying for mosquitoes in the coming weeks if we get significant amounts of rainfall or when the pests start to become a nuisance.
Brunswick County is asking the federal government for help dealing with the mosquito problem in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
Recent testing of the local mosquito pools confirmed one positive sample of West Nile Virus in New Hanover County.
An official says two West Nile virus cases in South Carolina are connected to Hurricane Matthew.
In an effort to help protect residents from the threat of mosquito-borne diseases, New Hanover County Vector Control will be distributing mosquito larviciding kits (ZKits) for residents to treat standing water in their backyards.