West Nile virus detected in Boston mosquitoes

Henrietta Brewer
July 12, 2017

Kenilworth joins Glenview, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Morton Grove, Northbrook and Skokie on the list of communities where mosquitoes with the virus have been found, according to Dave Zazra, communications manager for the abatement district.

Officials with the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District said Tuesday they have found mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus taken from district traps in Kenilworth.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

CT residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

Most people who become infected with West Nile virus "don't develop signs or symptoms or have only minor ones, such as fever and mild headache", according to Mayo Clinic experts. These are the first positive test results this season.

Officials said West Nile Virus has been detected in the state every year since 1999. Since 2000, there have been 131 human cases of West Nile in CT and three fatalities.

These agencies are responsible for monitoring mosquito populations and the potential public health threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

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