West Nile Virus

 

The West Nile virus is an illness that can affect humans and animals.    It is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.  There have been reported cases in Connecticut.  However, there are several steps you can take to reduce the chances of contracting West Nile Virus. 

·        Reduce the amount of mosquitoes around your home by:

o       eliminating standing water in wheelbarrows, pots, birdbaths and other containers.

o       treating pools with the appropriate chemicals and/or drain them when appropriate.  Use pool covers.

o       treating ponds with mosquito dunks to kill any larvae.

 

·        Reduce the chances of being bitten by a mosquito by:

o       wearing protective clothing (long sleeves and pants) and mosquito repellent especially during the cooler hours of the day at dusk and dawn.  Note: the most effective repellents contain DEET or Picaridin

o       using mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors.

o       repairing screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.

If you suspect you have been infected with West Nile Virus, contact your medical provider.

For more information on how to prevent and/or identify West Nile Virus, please visit the following links:

Connecticut Department of Public Health: West Nile Fact Sheet

Center for Disease Control: West Nile Fact Sheet