West Nile Virus: Remain vigilant

West Nile Virus: Remain vigilant

The Redding Health Department was notified by the Connecticut Department of Public Health that mosquitoes recently trapped in Redding tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Ripley and Franklin Counties have previously had mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus.

West Nile virus is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on infected birds. "However, some may become ill approximately three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito", the statement added. Their illness onsets range from August 6-11, and all have been hospitalized with neurologic disease, according to a press release from MDHHS. MDHHS says 86 mosquito pools in seven MI counties also came back positive for West Nile virus. Less than 1 percent of people who are infected will develop a serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis, which is inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues.

But, Hausbeck says the virus could be serious, sometimes even deadly.

- A person has died from West Nile virus in Anderson County, SC, according to the Department of Heath and Environmental Control.




Roumeliotis said it's important to take measures to reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminating any potential pooling of free-standing water, ensuring no areas or items can collect or pool standing water in the garden or on the lawn.

- Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD. However, DSHS emphasizes that personal protection is still the best defense against mosquito bites.

Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix. Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing.

DRESS - Wear shoes, socks, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, bird baths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

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