MARTINEZ, CA - APRIL 09: A mosquito sits on a stick April 9, 2009 in Martinez, California. Unseasonably warm weather for Northern California in January appears to have brought female mosquitos out of hibernation and have started to breed months ahead of the normal breeding season. Several groups of mosquitos found in a marsh near the Contra Costa County town of Martinez have tested positive for the West Nile Virus prompting county officials to do more testing and releasing mosquito fish in abandoned pools around the county. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A Stamford resident has tested positive for the West Nile virus in Connecticut’s second case of the summer.
The first case was reported in July when a Stratford resident got sick after being bitten by mosquitoes.
According to the Stamford Department of Health, the city has responded to the diagnosis by placing larvicide in catch basins around town in an effort to kill off disease-borne mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes in several areas of the state have been found to carry the virus.
Symptoms can include fever, headache and body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes a skin rash or swollen lymph nodes and can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks.
Neurological effects can be permanent, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as symptoms start to develop, according to the Stamford Department of Public health.
People over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk for infection, said Ann Fountain, Director of Health and Social Services for the city.
The best way to prevent infection is to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
You can do this by:
For more information about the disease and how to prevent it, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.