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Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reassures the public that there hasn't been any human cases of West Nile Virus this year, but people should still take the necessary precautions.

A sample of mosquitoes collected in the Pooler area has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Mosquito populations around Huron have been significantly reduced through citywide spraying, but people are reminded to remain vigilant because Culex tarsalis, the carrier of West Nile virus, is now present in higher numbers.

However, this first positive mosquito pool of the season is an indicator that the virus is still in our community. Mosquitoes can be active at any time but are most active in the evening and throughout the night.

The virus has been detected in CT every year since 1999.

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The virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to animals, birds and humans. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis.

Most people who contract West Nile will show no symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors.

Officials said the areas are not typically hot spots for West Nile activity. For more information call the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District at 530-533-6038 or 530-342-7350.