Mosquitoes in Hartford test positive for West Nile Virus - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Mosquitoes in Hartford test positive for West Nile Virus

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Officials said mosquitoes have tested positive in Keney Park in Hartford.

The discovery in Hartford brings the number of towns with confirmed cases of West Nile to 16.

Just last week, mosquitoes in Wethersfield also tested positive for West Nile Virus.

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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