West Nile in Collingwood

West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Roslindale

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

The state has announced that mosquitoes trapped in West Haven last month have tested positive for West Nile Virus. "Late-June to mid-July is when we typically first detect WNV infection in mosquitoes and we anticipate further build-up of the virus from now through September".

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

"This is a reminder for residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites." said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the CAES.

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On Tuesday, he reminded residents to take efforts to minimize the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes during their peak dawn and dusk feeding times; using insect repellant, and wearing loose fitting personal clothing when going outside.

The Health Unit says West Nile can cause severe illness in some people, and in very rare cases, serious neurological illness.

There have been 131 human cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in CT since 2000, according to this state's experts, and three fatalities. CAES begins mosquito trapping and testing in June and continues into October.

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