West Nile Virus confirmed in Wethersfield - WFSB 3 Connecticut

West Nile Virus confirmed in Wethersfield

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Health officials have confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in Wethersfield.

The Connecticut Mosquito Management Program said it found the virus in insects trapped on Goff Road in Wethersfield on Aug. 6.

Mosquitoes were also trapped at Churchill Park in Newington, but those came up negative.

The discovery in Wethersfield brings the number of towns with confirmed cases of West Nile to 15.

Official said that while West Nile is treatable, it can take 3 to 14 days after being bitten for symptoms to appear. Those symptoms can include a slight fever, body aches, headache, rash and conjunctivitis. They can be relieved with over-the-counter medications.

However, anyone experiencing a high fever, stiff neck, severe headache, disorientation, vision loss, numbness or muscle weakness is advised to contact a doctor.

To prevent being bit, wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors, and get rid of standing water around the home.

More information about West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis can be found on the CT Agriculture Experiment Station's website here or the state Department of Agriculture's site here.

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