1st Human Case Of West Nile In CT


There's been a human case of West Nile virus reported in Grey Bruce.

At the end of August, it was found in a horse in Bruce county.

There have not been any reported human cases of West Nile this summer, and only one since 2011 locally, but the disease could cause fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, and skin rash.

DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. said "the identification of a CT resident with West Nile virus associated illness that required hospitalization underscores the potential seriousness of the infection". Throughout the season, the department also traps and tests mosquitoes to track the presence of mosquito-borne viruses in the county.

Hart says mosquitoes don't travel more than a kilometre or two, and the risk of exposure West Nile Virus around the home can be reduced by eliminating mosquito breeding sites, including standing water in places such as bird baths, eavestroughs, flower pots and discarded tires. While spraying may work for culex mosquitoes that are known for carrying West Nile, the aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit Zika and Dengue adapt to human habitats and are hard to control. Health Canada recommends adults and children over six months of age use a mosquito repellent with DEET or icaridin.

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Turn over plastic wading pools, buckets and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least every three days.

Keep storm drains and gutters clear of leaves and debris.

Residents who notice large areas of standing water on public property should report this to the Westchester County Department of Health at 813-5000.