1st human West Nile cases of season confirmed in CT

At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5

At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5

The spraying will the third of the season and the infected mosquito is the fifth confirmed carrying the virus.

The positive findings came from mosquitos trapped by DEM staffers are tested at state health labs.

The sample was confirmed to be West Nile Virus positive by the lab at the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services in Helena.

There have been five reported human West Nile virus cases in the province, two of which were travel related. 888vo888 there have been more than 240 cases of west nile virus and 8 confirmed deaths since it came to butte county in 2004. wear long sleeves and trousers or wear repellent to help protect yourself from getting bitten.

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Which mosquitoes spread which disease?

Mosquitoes collected in DeKalb, Sycamore and Sandwich tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the DeKalb County Health Department. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas.

Don't go outside when mosquitoes are active (between dusk and dawn).

Apply an insect repellent with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

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Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.

Schiffman says people who do experience symptoms usually are feverish and may experience body aches or a rash. More serious symptoms, such as severe headaches, neck stiffness, confusion, muscle weakness or paralysis, occur more rarely, but people who develop these symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

This is not Fairfield's first human case of WNV, this is the seventh case since 2000 and 33rd case in Fairfield County since 2000.

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Other steps you can take to further prevent cases are to eliminate breeding areas around your home.

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