Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found in Stamford

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    More mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, this time in Stamford.

    The Stamford Department of Health and Social Services says mosquitoes trapped Aug. 14 are carrying the virus.

    Mosquitoes with West Nile have also been identified this year in Hartford, Bridgeport, Danbury, New Britain, East Haven and Stratford. No human cases of West Nile have been reported this summer.

    Symptoms of the disease include vomiting, fever, headaches, body aches and a rash. Severe cases may include neck stiffness, loss of consciousness, confusion, tremors, weakness and paralysis, according to the Health Department.

    Residents are urged to take the following precautions when spending time outdoors:

    • Use bug spray containing DEEP, Picaridin, lemon of eucalyptus oil
    • Wear shoes, socks and long, tightly-woven clothing, especially at dawn and dusk
    • Remove standing water around your home
    • Drill holes in containers kept outdoors, such as those used for recycling
    • Clean clogged roof gutters
    • Store water-collecting objects upside down (such as wading pools and wheelbarrows)
    • Regularly change water in bird baths
    • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and cover pools not in use
    • Make sure door and window screens are tight fitting
    • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outside

    More information is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.