Mosquito in MetroWest Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Faith Castro
August 12, 2018

Two elderly Greeks - both over 80 - are the first victims of this year's West Nile virus, Greek health officials reported Thursday.

Mosquitoes tested at various locations, including Hartford's Keney Park, have tested positive for the West Nile Virus this year. Bergen County may be the hardest hit, with 20 of those pools located there. Mosquitoes can spread these viruses by feeding on the blood of infected birds and then biting another host animal or mammal such as a human or a horse.

Since the beginning of the year, 60 cases, 16 people are still in the hospital, four of them in intensive care. Neighboring states of CT and MA have reported positive findings of WNV in mosquito samples this year.

The first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported. Last year, three CT residents were diagnosed with WNV infection.

County officials said the best way to prevent West Nile or any mosquito-borne illness is to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, confusion, muscles weakness and severe headache.

Schiffman recommends wearing bug spray.

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Keep mosquitoes outside by ensuring all screens are in good fix. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older, according to the department.

Be particularly careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry.

Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Eliminate all sources of standing water by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets and other containers.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools.

Sacramento County - particularly Elk Grove, the Pocket and areas south of Fruitridge Road - have been hard hit by West Nile activity this summer, prompting aerial spraying over residential neighborhoods in July. They use light traps at 17 different locations that are baited with carbon dioxide to lure the mosquitoes in.

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