Mosquitoes with West Nile virus detected in eight CT cities and towns, according to state agency

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As of Aug. 2, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has found mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus in Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, NEw Haven, Stamford, Stratford and Westport.

As of Aug. 2, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has found mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus in Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, NEw Haven, Stamford, Stratford and Westport.

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West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in eight different municipalities, according to a report from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

As of Tuesday, the agency said it had found mosquitoes testing positive for the virus at Brush Island Road and High School Lane in Darien, Catamount Road in Fairfield, Civic Center in Greenwich, Keney Park in Hartford, Beaver Pond Park in New Haven, Cove Island and Sleepy Hollow parks in Stamford, Beacon Point in Stratford and Sherwood Island in Westport.

So far this year, the CAES has tested more than 145,800 mosquitoes throughout Connecticut. Twenty-three mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus and seven have tested positive for Jamestown Canyon virus. Officials did not detect the eastern equine encephalitis virus in any of the mosquitoes as of Aug. 2.

The Jamestown Canyon virus was detected in Kenneth Street in East Haven, Shade Swamp in Farmington, Lake Wintergreen in Hamden, Keney Park in Hartford, Lyons Swamp in Redding and Mount Misery in Voluntown.

The first mosquitoes with the virus this year were spotted in Darien, Fairfield, New Haven and Stamford on July 18 and 19, the state announced last week.

“The current warm weather and high humidity provides ideal conditions for mosquito activity and West Nile virus transmission,” CAES Medical Entomologist Philip Armstrong said in a statement last week. “We anticipate further buildup of the virus from now through September.”

CAES Director Jason White suggested everyone take precautionary measures such as wearing mosquito repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Last year, officials detected West Nile virus in 208 mosquito pools in 43 towns. There were also six confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven counties.

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms or have mild illness such as a fever and a headache. Some individuals, particularly people over the age of 50, can experience serious illness like inflammation of the brain or meningitis.

“Symptoms can range from a slight fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph nodes and nausea to the rapid onset of a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, muscle weakness, and coma,” the state’s Mosquito Management Program said on its website.