STAMFORD, Conn. — Mosquitoes found in Stamford have tested positive for West Nile virus, city officials said.
The mosquitoes were trapped July 22 in one of the stations run by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in the city, a release from the city said. These are the first mosquitoes to test positive from Stamford in 2013.
“The state has identified mosquitoes with West Nile virus throughout Connecticut and individuals should take precautions,” Anne Fountain, director of Health and Social Services, said in the release.
To monitor West Nile Virus, the state monitors trapping stations in 72 municipalities from June through October, testing the mosquitoes caught. The traps are set every 10 days, and mosquitoes are grouped for testing by species, collection site and date.
People infected with the virus could become ill and experience mild symptoms including: fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, or a skin rash. Less frequently, people develop a severe illness of the nervous system that can include: include neck stiffness, disorientation, loss of consciousness, tremors, muscle weakness and paralysis.
People older than 50 are more likely to develop serious illness than younger people.