The Connecticut Department of Public Health confirmed that a Stamford resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus infection, according to a statement released by the City Tuesday. This is the second human case of West Nile Virus in Connecticut for the season. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has trapped and identified mosquitoes infected with West Nile in several areas of the state.
Anne Fountain, Director of Health and Social Services for the City of Stamford, said in the statement, “Individuals over the age of 50 are at greatest risk for complications of West Nile Virus infection, but individuals of any age should take precautions regarding exposure to West Nile Virus. That is why it is so important for all residents to seek medical attention should they develop symptoms that could be due to WNV infection.”
The release said most people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms. Others may experience fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. Symptoms can last from a few days to several weeks. Few people with West Nile virus may develop severe symptoms such as high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Neurological effects may be permanent.
According to the statement, the City is actively responding with its larvicide program by placing larvicide in catch basins throughout Stamford. The City is urging residents to take the following precautions.
Precautions to avoid mosquito bites:
*Minimize time outdoors at dusk and dawn
*Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
*Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven.
*Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors.
* Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors and always use them according to label instructions. Wash treated skin when returning indoors. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than 2 months
Measures to reduce mosquitoes around the home:
*Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.
* Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.
* Clean clogged roof gutters.
* Turn over objects that may trap water when not in use such as wading pools and wheelbarrows.
* Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.
* Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and when not in use, cover
For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile