FAIRFIELD, CT – A 78-year-old resident of Fairfield is one of the first two positive cases of West Nile virus for the 2018 mosquito season, the Connecticut Health Department confirmed this week. The resident was hospitalized, but is recovering, according to health officials. It was Fairfield's seventh human case of West Nile virus since 2000 and its 33rd case in Fairfield County since 2000.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the West Nile virus is spread by mosquito bites , Most people who are infected with WNV have no symptoms but some may develop fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Rarely, infected people develop into a serious or fatal disease.
"We want to encourage residents to reduce their risk of WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases by taking the appropriate precautions," said Sands Cleary, Fairfield Health Director.
Prevention of mosquito-borne diseases can be achieved through simple steps through the Fairfield Health Department:
- Do not go outside when mosquitoes are active (between dawn and dawn).
- Use mosquito repellent (Use EPA-registered insect Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirt, and pants.)
- Keep mosquitoes out by making sure all screens are in good condition.
- Empty containers that can hold, empty, drain, cover, or invert water, including buckets, barrels, flowerpots, tin cans , Bottles, jars, paint cans, toys, etc.
- Water changes in bird baths frequently, at least once a week
Report standing It water on private property, as abandoned pools, to the Fairfield Health Department in 203-256-3020.
These steps can significantly reduce the presence of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. CTDPH and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) will continue to monitor the status of WNV through monitoring, trapping and testing.
Visit the Fairfield Health Department website for an informational video on mosquitoes, which can be found at www.fairfieldct.org/health. More information about WNV can be found at www.cdc.gov. For questions, please contact the Fairfield Health Department at 203-256-3020
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