Well, time to apply the DEET because West Nile is back in CT. However, the first two reports came from areas not considered to be hot spots for the virus.
New Canaan News reports that the first West Nile-positive mosquito came out of New Canaan. A week later, another positive result came from Easton.
While officials don’t consider the timing odd since the season begins around this time and lasts through September, the location is a point of interest for them. Neither town is a hot spot when it comes to trapping infected mosquitoes.
Dr. Philip Armstrong, of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, explains:
“This is not one of our typical hot spots and represen
ts the fifth time that we have detected West Nile virus in that location during the 20-year history of the statewide mosquito monitoring program.”
So what does that mean for Fairfield County? Nothing too worrying for residents. Instead, the CAES will increase testing in the area from once every 10 days to twice a week.
Residents worried about West Nile should always wear repellent when outside and avoid the outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, which is early morning and before dusk.
While it’s best to be safe than sorry in this case, there’s no need to panic.
In addition, the infected bugs don’t normally drink human blood. The Culex restuans mosquito almost exclusively feeds off of birds.
West Nile first showed up in CT in 1999. Since then, 134 people came down with the virus, and only three of them died.
A small percentage of people infected with West Nile virus display symptoms. Less than one percent of those could develop serious side effects such as neurological issues and sometimes death.