An American crow, collected in the Newark area, has tested positive for the West Nile virus; Delaware's first confirmed case of 2012.
The bird was collected on July 8 by Tri-State Bird Rescue, a non-profit facility in Newark that treats and rehabilitates sick and injured wild birds.
The Delaware Public Health Laboratory tested the bird and then ordered its mosquito control section to increase surveillance and monitoring in and around Newark.
While no other cases of West Nile Virus have been found, the Delaware Public Health Laboratory says residents can help control mosquito-breeding by draining or removing items from their yards that collect water, such as buckets, birdbaths, rain barrels, old tires, flower pot liners, tarps covering boats, clogged rain gutters, and unused swimming pools.
For more information about West Nile virus and related medical issues, contact the Division of Public Health at (888) 295-5156, or visit dhss.delaware.gov.