State reports death in New Hanover County related to West Nile virus
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A recent report from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirms that a New Hanover County resident who recently died tested positive for West Nile virus.
According to a news release, the colder temperatures have decreased mosquito populations significantly and New Hanover County’s mosquito season is ending, so the public should not be alarmed.
“Our sympathy goes out to this family. Public Health will continue working diligently to monitor the mosquito populations in our county and educate our residents about mosquito prevention,” said New Hanover County Public Health Director Phillip Tarte. “These infections are rare, but this is a reminder that the risk is present. We encourage residents to continue taking precautions when they are outside and be vigilant to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”
Mosquitoes can spread a variety of diseases; and children, elderly, and immunocompromised populations are at the greatest risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who are infected with West Nile virus do not experience symptoms, or only have mild flu-like symptoms.