First human case of West Nile Virus reported in CT this season

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DPH said "a patient between 50-59 years of age, became ill during the last week of August".

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes, and health officials say the chances of a person catching it are low.

The health department says most people infected with West Nile virus won't develop symptoms but in rare cases it can lead to a severe illness with muscle weakness, disorientation, tremors or convulsions, paralysis, even coma.

Reduce the risk by eliminating standing water, wear protective clothing, and use bug repellent especially at dawn and dusk.

Public health has confirmed two local human cases of West Nile virus.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit peel-bugbite.ca or call Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment station (CAES). Mosquito populations tend to be more active in wooded areas this time of year.

West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquito bites; the insects pick it up by feeding on infected birds. Amid 2017, WNV has been identified in mosquitoes gathered at trap locales in 26 towns including: Branford, Bridgeport, Darien, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Middlefield, Wilford, New Canaan, New Haven, North Branford, North Stonington, Norwalk, Orange, Plainfield, Redding, Shelton, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, Voluntown, West Hartford, West Haven and Westport.

The village sprays for mosquitoes weekly during the summer throughout the community and has been trapping mosquitoes at various sites to be sent for testing.

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