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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Westport

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The state Department of Public Health said today that a pool of mosquitoes collected in Westport was found to have West Nile Virus.

The mosquitoes were collected Aug. 20 at Sherwood Island State Park, the department said. The species were culix pipiens, which is a bird biting mosquito, it said.

It was the first time in two years that mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus in Westport. However the discovery was not unexpected since the virus has been found this year in surrounding communities, according to health officials.

The department also said that mosquitoes trapped Aug. 16 in Plainfield have tested positive for the rare eastern equine encephalitis virus.

They are they first batch of mosquitoes found in the state with the virus, which can cause high fever, stiff neck, headache and, in most serious cases, swelling of the brain.

Posted 08/28/07 at 10:28 PM

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