WNV in 20 Connecticut Towns

WNV in 20 Connecticut TownsAccording to Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin, West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes have been spotted in 20 Connecticut towns.

It was also informed by the Connecticut's Mosquito Management Program that WNV was tested positive in a resident of Clinton recently.

During the first week of September, symptoms like fever, severe headache, weakness and fatigue was shown by the resident and is in hospital for meningitis.

Presence of WNV antibodies were confirmed by laboratory tests.

This year in the state, six people have been reported with WNV infection. There are five more cases of WNV and these people are from Trumbull, Bridgeport, New Haven, Greenwich and Stamford. There are two more cases reported by health authorities and they travelled out of state and became infected.

Dr. Galvin said that people over 50 are more prone to serious illness from this virus.

Especially during this time of the year in Connecticut people should be more alert, when the risk of getting sick from West Nile virus is the greatest. Mosquitoes transmit this virus but it can be kept away by simple measures like wearing long-sleeved shirts, using insect repellant, and minimizing time outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.