EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A town in Connecticut has mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile virus for the first time this summer. Still experts say it could be a mild season overall for West Nile.
It’s a slow start for the mosquito borne illness. East Haven is the first town where mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus. That’s according to Dr. Philip Armstrong at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station which monitors mosquito-borne viruses. This time last year West Nile was detected in four communities.
Close recording began in 2000. Since then, there have been more than a hundred human cases and three fatalities in our state. Dr. Armstrong says the recent heavy rainfall flushed out young mosquitoes in storm drains. Hot and humid weather generally feeds it. But he does expect to see an increase as summer progresses.
Symptoms for West Nile include fever, headache, and fatigue. Eastern Equine encephalitis, a rare infection, is also on the radar. Last year, a male in his mid 40’s died of Triple E. He was the first human case in Connecticut. Already this summer Massachusetts and upstate New York have detected mosquitoes with Triple E.
The best advice try to avoid mosquitoes, especially dusk to dawn. Wear protective clothing and use repellent when you head outdoors. And get rid of any standing water in the yard.