Stamford, CT – According to officials at the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, a mosquito found in Stamford’s Cove Island Park tested positive for West Nile virus this month.
Of the 722 mosquitoes trapped in the park, only one virus was tested. The search was carried out on 16 July but was posted by the state on Tuesday.
Stamford’s positive test marks the second discovery of the West Nile virus in Connecticut this month; On July 8, one of the 1,002 mosquitoes tested from Churchill Park in Newington came back positive.
This season, the state has tested over 105,000 mosquitoes, with only two coming back with positive results.
According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people bitten by mosquitoes with the West Nile virus have no serious disease. But for some people, “Headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash can cause fever.”
In rare events, more severe symptoms may develop, such as encephalitis or meningitis.
To avoid mosquitoes carrying the West Mile virus, use insect repellents; Wear long sleeve tops and long pants; And empty outdoor containers may contain water where mosquitoes prefer to breed.