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The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in 19 municipalities this year, including Bethany, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Franklin, Greenwich, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, New Canaan, New Haven, Stamford, Stratford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Haven, and Weston.

State public health officials and the governor's office warned people on Thursday about increased West Nile virus activity.

Those zip codes are 40212, 40213, and 40214.

Spread by mosquittos through infected birds, the symptoms of WNV infection included fever, headache, vomiting and rash. About 20% of people who become infected with West Nile virus will develop West Nile fever. "People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus".

People are encouraged to protect themselves by using repellent and avoiding the outdoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Repellants using DEET are among the most effective. Always use according to label instructions.

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Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are most active. Spraying clothes with repellent will give extra protection - seeing as some mosquitoes bite through clothes. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

More information on the state's mosquito testing can be found here.

The best way to prevent infection from any mosquito-borne illness, including West Nile Virus, is to use mosquito repellent that contains DEET and by covering up during outdoor activities - wearing shoes, socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.

Allegheny County and the state's first and now only human West Nile case was confirmed last Friday in a Penn Hills man. One hundred thirty four human cases of WNV, including three fatalities, have been diagnosed in CT residents since 2000.

There were 68 cases of West Nile Virus in Colorado in 2017.


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