Friday, 19 October, 2018

Two cases of West Nile virus reported in Johnson County

West Nile Virus found in London trap First mosquitoes of the summer tests positive for West Nile in London
Ben Pena | 03 August, 2018, 03:10

Four regions of the state remain under a high-risk warning West Nile.

The West Nile virus continues to be found in parts of Suffolk. In rare cases, people develop severe illnesses like meningitis, which can be deadly.

West Nile-positive insects were also caught in Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, New Canaan, Stamford, Stratford and Waterbury earlier this year. People who have had the virus before are considered immune.

"This is an important reminder to stay vigilant and protect against mosquito bites throughout the summer and into the fall", said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive.

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The West Nile Virus has rears its ugly head in London for the first time this season. Up to 20 percent of the people who exhibit mild symptoms of West Nile virus have flu-like symptoms and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Knowing which kinds of mosquitoes are active in our state is critical for our disease prevention strategies.

Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. Turn wading pools upside down when not in use.

Health Director Dennis Johnson said no mosquito has tested positive in town this year and only one tested positive last year. The mosquitoes become infected with WNV when they bite an infected bird. As of July 24, 39 cases of human WNV have been reported nationally. Fill tree holes with sand and seal with mortar and remove tree stumps that may hold water. Severe symptoms of WNV are associated with encephalitis or meningitis, and may include a stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis.

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