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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Mosquitoes, Crows Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Fairfield

So far Westport has not reported any cases, but the state says mosquitoes and crows infected with West Nile virus have been found again in neighboring Fairfield.

It was the second time infected mosquitoes and birds have been found in Fairfield, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) said Tuesday.

Positive mosquitoes or birds have been found in 48 towns in the state this year, including in addition to Fairfield, Stamford, Darien, Redding, Stratford, Monroe, Newtown, Shelton, Trumbull, and Naugatuck in Fairfield County.

The DPH said the mosquitoes trapped in Monroe on Aug. 14 and the ones caught in New Haven Aug. 19 are the type that feed on humans. The others were predominantly bird-biting.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

The most common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever and headaches. It can also lead to other complications such as encephalitis, meningitis, convulsions, paralysis or death.

There has been one human case of the virus this year in Connecticut. A North Stonington woman in her 60s is recovering after developing symptoms in late July, shortly after a trip to Colorado. Health officials said there is a good chance she did not contract the virus in Connecticut.

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Posted 08/27/03 at 02:18 AM  Permalink



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