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Delaware Officials to Spray for Mosquitoes After Encephalitis Diagnosis

DELAWARE (Ken Hines) -- Health officials will spray for mosquitoes Thursday following the diagnosis of a resident with La Crosse Encephalitis.

The Delaware General Health District's Residential Services Unit will spray in west Orange Township and east Liberty Township beginning at 9 p.m.

Health workers will go door-to-door on Wednesday to inform residents about the spraying.

La Crosse Encephalitis is a potentially serious illness that has hospitalized two Delaware County residents in 2013.

Health officials recommend that people remove standing water from their property and avoid outdoor activities during morning and evening hours to reduce their risk of contracting the illness.

Officials say residents should look out for symptoms ranging from fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and lethargy. Severe effects on the nervous system occur most frequently in children under the age of 16.

The areas of Orange and Liberty Townships that will be sprayed for will fall within the following boundaries:

- West of Rt. 23
- East of Perry Rd.
- South of Home Rd.
- North of Orange Rd.

Click here for more information about the upcoming spraying.
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