HARTFORD, CT – Officials announced that mosquitoes trapped at Keney Park in Hartford tested positive for West Nile virus on July 24.
According to city officials, there were no reports of a person with the virus in Hartford. 19659002] More than a dozen communities tested mosquitoes positive for the virus in Connecticut this year.
"Although we see the West Nile virus in Connecticut every year, I hope residents will take basic steps Prevent mosquito bites and report potential West Nile virus infections to a health care professional", said Mayor Luke Bronin. "I want to thank the State Department for Energy and Environmental Protection for their work to prove the West Nile virus in Hartford."
Symptoms of the virus include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, drowsiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, spasms, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
More out of town :
Preventing mosquito bites:
- Be sure that door and window grilles are tight and fit in good condition.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt if you are out for a long time or if mosquitoes are most active. The clothing should be light and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
- Use a mosquito net when sleeping in an unprotected structure and protecting small babies outdoors.
- Use mosquito repellent according to the instructions when it is necessary to be outdoors.
Prevent Mosquitoes at Home:
- Dispose of water-retaining containers such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.
- Drill holes in the bottom of containers as they are used for recycling.
- Clean clogged gutters.
- Flip over objects that can catch water when not in use, such as: B. Paddling pool and wheelbarrows.
- Change the water weekly in the bird baths.
- Use landscaping techniques to eliminate areas where water can accumulate on your property.
Resources for additional information:
Image via Shutterstock
Get the Greater Hartford Newsletter