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West Nile Virus Detected In West Haven Mosquitoes

West Nile Virus Detected In West Haven Mosquitoes

Vilas county is the latest location in Wisconsin to report a dead bird with West Nile virus.

In 2016, the experiment station's scientists trapped and tested more than 170,000 mosquitoes and found the West Nile virus in mosquitoes in 20 communities in four counties: Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, and New London Counties.

The virus, which poses low risk to most people, is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

It was the first mosquito sample to test positive for the virus this year.




CT residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

Officials said these results provide a good reminder for residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Residents should take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites, such as covering bare skin and wearing insect repellent, especially during dawn and dusk hours. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

The Health Unit says West Nile can cause severe illness in some people, and in very rare cases, serious neurological illness. There are 91 mosquito trapping stations across 72 towns throughout the state.