Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus In CT, Again



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Mosquitoes can carry harmful illness with them, like the West Nile virus. Most mosquito bites are harmless, and the worst thing about them is the incessant itchy feeling that accompanies the bite, but some are unsafe.

West Nile Virus is still in Windsor-Essex County with a mosquito pool testing positive for the first time this year.

On Thursday, the State Health Department confirmed the first human case of 2018.

The reported case is in Hinds County. West Nile Virus is active throughout the State of California.

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In addition to birds and humans, horses are also affected by West Nile virus. The 2018 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials. Most people who end up with West Nile get it from a mosquito bite. Due to the high mortality rate of horses that contract the disease, owners are encouraged to make sure their horses are kept current with their West Nile virus vaccinations. The incubation period for the virus is anywhere from three days to two weeks.

Minor, non-neurological symptoms include fever, chills, nausea and fatigue while serious, neurological symptoms include tremors, drowsiness, unconsciousness, paralysis and even death.

"Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms".

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