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WEST NILE VIRUS IN CONNECTICUT 2015

Posted by Brendan on August 9, 2015

WEST NILE VIRUS INFECTED MOSQUITOES FOUND IN CONNECTICUT: 

 

WEST NILE VIRUS IN CONNECTICUT, DETECTED: Since 1999 the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Stations have been collecting and monitoring mosquitoes in order to track West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and other various mosquito-borne diseases. Each year their findings are published so Connecticut citizens are aware of any potential risks. This year as of August 3, 2015 there have been 27 mosquitoes that tested positive for an arbovirus, 16 of which were West Nile Virus. A less common form of encephalitis called Jamestown Canyon Virus was also found in 10 Connecticut towns. The more common encephalitis, West Nile Virus was found in 6 Connecticut towns including; Darien, Guilford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterford, and West Haven.

 

WEST NILE VIRUS IN CONNECTICUT, TRANSMISSION CYCLE: There are two basic cycles of transmission of West Nile Virus, a rural cycle and an urban cycle. The virus most frequently begins in a rural cycle, when it is passed between birds and bird-feeding mosquitoes. Occasionally entering an urban cycle when domestic birds and mosquitoes that feed on both birds and humans meet, thus circulating the virus. Crows, ducks, and pigeons are a few of the wild birds that are a principal host to West Nile Virus. Birds are able to maintain long-term infection; therefore they are instrumental in transporting the virus to new areas.

 

WEST NILE VIRUS IN CONNECTICUT, FACTS:

  • The first recorded case of West Nile Virus in North America was in 1999, with 62 confirmed human cases
  • From 1999-2015 there were over 100 confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in Connecticut
  • West Nile Virus is transmitted after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito
  • West Nile Virus cannot be contracted from person to person, only through the bite of an infected mosquito
  • No evidence has been found that West Nile Virus can be transmitted through handling an infected bird
  • Most infected people show no symptoms or have mild symptoms
  • Approximately 10% of symptomatic cases result in death, fatality being more likely in people over 50
  • There is no known cure for West Nile Virus

 

WEST NILE VIRUS IN CONNECTICUT, TIPS:

  • While enjoying the outdoors, try to avoid shaded areas this is where mosquitoes rest
  • Limit evening activities mosquitoes are most active at dusk
  • When possible wear protective clothing such as long-sleeves and pants
  • Get rid of unused containers that may accumulate standing water such as, buckets, tires, unused pools and bird-baths

 

WEST NILE VIRUS IN CONNECTICUT, SOLUTION: Being knowledgeable of the threat of West Nile Virus in Connecticut is the first step to reducing your risk. Having some tips on avoiding potentially infected mosquitoes helps too, but the best solution to the threat of West Nile Virus is to terminate the problem from the root. At Guardian Pest Control our technicians are trained to find mosquito breeding grounds on your property. Utilizing a tried and true method we treat these areas as well as other potential nesting areas to guarantee a thorough extermination. So have a trained and certified mosquito exterminator help you take back your yard again, and keep you and your family safe from the threat of West Nile Virus. 

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