Mosquitoes in Wallingford test positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes in Wallingford test positive for West Nile Virus

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WALLINGFORD — Mosquitoes recently captured on South Elm Street have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the health department said Tuesday.

The Wallingford Health Department said in a news release it was notified by the state Department of Public Health of the infected mosquitoes Monday.

Acting Health Director Stephen Civitelli urged residents to be take precautions while engaging in outdoor activities.

Residents should limit time spent outside, especially near wooded areas, at dawn and dusk. Wearing long sleeve shirts and pants with insect repellant spray can reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus are generally mild, flu-like illness. Any questions concerning possible infection can be directed to medical providers.

There have been no reports of humans or animals contracting the virus in Connecticut this summer. Since 2000, 134 human cases of the virus have been diagnosed in Connecticut, including three deaths. 

Last week, West Nile Virus-infected mosquitoes were found in Meriden.


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