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Mosquitoes in Stratford tested positive for the West Nile Virus

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Mosquitoes trapped in Stratford have tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WFSB file photo) Mosquitoes trapped in Stratford have tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WFSB file photo)
STRATFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Mosquitoes found in Stratford tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to local health officials.

Culex restuans mosquitoes were trapped at Beacon Point on Aug. 5. Following tests by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Stratford Health Department announced they were positive for the virus on Tuesday.

Stratford Director of Health Andrea Boissevain said they are “watching other towns around us with positive mosquitoes, so it was only a matter of time.”

“We urge residents to take quick and easy steps to prevent exposure and bites like wearing long sleeves, especially at dawn and dusk and use insect repellent,” Boissevain said.

Culex restuans mosquitoes are known as primarily bird-biting mosquitoes, according to Stratford’s Environmental Conservation Administrator Christina Batoh. However, those insects do bite humans.

 “The best defense is to get rid of standing water in flower pots, bird baths, trash cans and their lids, anything that collects water, effectively removing the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes,” Batoh said.

Batoh advised residents to secure their windows and door screens. However, when outside, they released the following tips to avoid been bitten:

  • Tip over items in your recycle bin that can collect water.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used, including pool covers.
  • Clear clogged gutters.
  • Drill holes in bottom of recycling containers.
  • For commercial properties with flat roofs, check for standing water to reduce mosquito-breeding sites.
  • Minimize time spent outdoors around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Be sure door and windows screens are tight fighting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Consider using mosquito repellent, as directed, when outdoors. 

Symptoms for West Nile are fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and vomiting or skin rash. However, those symptoms could become more severe and include neck stiffness, disorientation, loss of consciousness, tremors, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Severe cases of West Nile Virus are more likely to happen to older adults.

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