Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

Trevor BaileyAug 10, 2018

The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June.

North Dakota's Department of Health says West Nile virus cases more than tripled since July 30.

According to the Central Connecticut Health District, the mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus are in the Culex family. Prior to previous year, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.

Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms, but, in rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus.

Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Only one in 150 people infected by the virus will experience symptoms, and only 20% will become seriously ill.

Cover up with light-colored clothes, long sleeves and trousers when outdoors or while in areas where mosquito activity is high.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection.

Limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

- Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property.

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