Health
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Greenwood man dies from West Nile Virus
An 87-year-old Greenwood man has become the first Delaware resident to die from the West Nile Virus, according to the state Public Heath Laboratory. Walter Warnick died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford where he had been hospitalized since Sept. 23. He was the 10th confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in Delaware this year, compared with only one case in 2002. Three of the cases have been confirmed in Kent County and one in Sussex County. West Nile is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. According to health officials, humans infected with the virus rarely show any symptoms. As of Oct.3 2003, nearly 6,000 human cases had been reported nationwide with 119 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2002, 4,156 cases and 284 deaths were reported, according to the CDCP. The virus first appeared in Delaware in 2000 in birds and horses.
  Support Group meeting
The Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Manor House, Wesley Wellness Center, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford in the Employee Lunch Room. Guest speaker will be Ingrid Holmes, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Science, Somerset County, Md. Her presentation will be “Connecting the Dots Between Nutrition and Stress as Related to Fibromyalgia” and “Laughter, a Way to a Cure.” She also has fibromyalgia. For more information, call Jonathan Souder at 629-4593.