Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus

05 August, 2018, 00:01 | Author: Cecil Davis
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy and state public health officials are advising CT residents to be aware of a rapid build-up of West Nile virus (WNV) activity within the state as recent tests show that infected mosquitoes are rising at levels higher than normal for this time of year.

A Mead resident is in the hospital with the most serious form of West Nile Virus. "We advise everyone to take the appropriate precautions no matter what ZIP Code you live in".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with the virus may not show any symptoms but some may experience fever along with body aches, joint pain, headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea. People with weak immune systems or those older than 60 years of age are more likely to be infected by the West Nile virus.

Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors. Always use according to label instructions. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than two months old. In recent years, when one human case occurs in an area, other cases often follow in the same part of the county, they said.

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More information about insect repellents can be found here. Researchers have tallied a record 2,143 pools of West Nile-positive mosquitoes statewide.

A mosquito that was captured as a sample insect in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County, tested positive for the disease July 26, according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program website, which monitors the spread of the disease in the state each summer.

Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, said mosquito-borne illness is a threat to take seriously, especially from now until well into September.

Health officials said this is a good time to reduce the number of mosquitoes near your home by fixing any broken screens and removing standing water.

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