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:
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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