West Nile cases, including 1 death, confirmed in MI

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By and large, most people infected with West Nile do not experience any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

KEELPNO said there was an early onset of the virus in Europe in 2018, with the first cases of human infections in Greece reported in late May and early June.

So far, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has detected West Nile virus in the following communities: Bethany, Bridgeport, Chester, Danbury, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Franklin, Greenwich, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, Middlefield, Milford, Monroe, New Britain, New Canaan, New Haven, Newington, North Branford, Norwalk, Orange, Shelton, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, Wallingford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Woodbridge.

"As the fall approaches, it's vital to remember that mosquito bite protection should continue until the weather significantly cools", said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the MDHHS.

The press release from the MDHHS stated that there have been eight confirmed cases with six of them happening in Oakland and Wayne Counties.

It's the first evidence of West Nile in the province this year.

The recent sampling in Perth has identified mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.

Although the risk of infection from handling birds is very low, the health authority warns that wild birds should not be handled using bare hands.

"It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness, so take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours, which are dusk and dawn for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus".

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home.

Drain standing water from garbage cans and any other items around the house that can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Use insect repellent containing DEET.

Install screens on all windows.

Residents should wear light coloured clothing, long trousers, long sleeves, as well as shoes and socks during peak mosquito times to prevent mosquito bites. Choose loose-fitting, light-coloured, full-length trousers and a long-sleeved shirt in areas with many mosquitoes.

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