Confirmed cases of West Nile found in Saskatoon mosquitoes

Henrietta Strickland
August 14, 2018

State public health officials have confirmed the first two human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus in CT this season.

The mosquitoes are the first found to be carrying SLEV in Los Angeles County this year.

Though southern regions might be more likely to facilitate the virus due to their more humid atmosphere and subsequently higher mosquito population, results from statewide samples collected by the agency have concluded that out of all 92 counties in IN, no single county is presented with any more significant risks than the others. Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found in the county each of the past two years.

West Nile Virus is mosquito borne and can be transmitted to humans if bit by an already infected mosquito.

Mosquitoes may also be more attracted to people wearing colognes and perfumes.

The West Nile Virus displays no symptoms in four out of five people infected, but for those who do get ill, symptoms include body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, rash and long-term fatigue, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vector-control officials recommended that people take precautions against both viruses by using mosquito repellents, ensuring window and door screens at homes are secure, draining standing water and maintaining pool and spa water.

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