West Nile Virus turned up in more mosquitoes this week. Although your risk of infection is pretty slim, you’re better off safe than sorry. So, be sure to grab the DEET before heading outside.
New Canaan Advertiser reports that researchers trapped first crop of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus in West Haven. Now, the WNV-positive bugs spread to Greenwich, South Windsor, Stratford, and Westport.
They documented the mosquitoes between the 12th and the 19th of July.
Dr. Philip Armstrong, medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said things will only get worse from here.
“We expect further build-up of West Nile virus in mosquitoes with increased risk of human infection in the coming weeks. The current warm weather and high humidity provide favorable conditions for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus.”
So, we’ll see more and more mosquitoes test positive for the virus in the next coming weeks. Luckily, there’s no reports of infections so far this year.
Dr. Theodore Andreadis, director of CAES, hopes to keep it that way. Here’s some of his suggestions to keep you safe this summer:
“We urge everyone to prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.”
True, most people know this by now. However, it doesn’t hurt to repeat the message. Especially since mosquitoes can get a little aggressive around this time of year.
Doctors treated about 131 human cases since West Nile Virus first came to Connecticut in 2000. Since then, only three people have died.
Meaning, your chances of infection remain low. But, it doesn’t mean you’re invincible to this nasty virus.
So, be on the lookout for these symptoms: fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. But, due to the symptoms being so mild, most cases go unreported. That’s probably why about 70 to 80 percent of those with WNV don’t show any symptoms.
Or, they just think the symptoms belong to another illness. That, or, they’re strong independent folks who need no doctor.
That happens, too.
However, more severe symptoms include: stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.
Those infected with West Nile tend to show symptoms within three to fourteen days.
Anyways, be safe this summer and keep spraying on that DEET. Especially if you have to go outside in the early morning or late evening, when you deal with the most hungry mosquitoes.
Be sure to keep your pets safe, too! WNV doesn’t just affect humans, unfortunately.