West Nile Virus in CT

Phillip Cunningham
August 26, 2018

Scientists have been conducting mosquito testing and their results show that an alarming amount of the insects are carrying West Nile Virus. Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active if possible. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when in mosquito infested areas. Report mosquito infestations and dead bird sightings to the West Umatilla Mosquito Control District (541) 567-5201.

MA health officials have taken the rare step of increasing the statewide risk level for West Nile virus. No areas within city limits are now scheduled for aerial spraying.

The case in a Nassau County resident means that area remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory issued in June following confirmation of Eastern equine encephalitis virus infections in horses there, health officials said.

People are encouraged to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites. Symptoms of the virus include fever and chills, and it can lead to serious complications. Eight of these cases occurred in Dane County, which was the highest number ever reported in the county.

Because horses are also at risk for West Nile, health officials encourage horse owners to check with their veterinarians for vaccination.

St. John's Riverside Hospital Dr. Paul Sasso knows the symptoms of West Nile on a more personal level, as his father contracted it last summer.

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