Fairfield resident tests positive for West Nile virus

Aug 13, 2018, 04:11
Fairfield resident tests positive for West Nile virus

"It takes 2-6 days to become ill with West Nile virus so when you get bitten by the mosquitoes typically takes 2-6 days to get sick", said Dr. Matthew Cartter, chief Epidemiologist of the state's Dept. of Health.

Health officials say the virus has been detected in 169 mosquito samples from across the state.

The positive findings came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff and tested at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) State Health Laboratories.

A full detailed report will be released later today, the center told Anadolu Agency. "We are still in the middle of summer and the hot temperatures are contributing to high mosquito populations in both urban and agricultural areas".

The city also provided the following advice to help residents protect themselves. Neighboring states of CT and MA have reported positive findings of WNV in mosquito samples this year.

"These factors indicate that the risk for human West Nile virus infections is elevated and will likely remain elevated through the remainder of August".

The DPH said they were the first two human cases of the CT season. More serious symptoms, such as severe headaches, neck stiffness, confusion, muscle weakness or paralysis, occur more rarely, but people who develop these symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

"I think they (residents) should be concerned", said Sookoo.

Don't go outside when mosquitoes are active (between dusk and dawn). Try to avoid outdoor activities during these times.

Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, and downspouts.

Turn over objects that may trap water when not in use, such as wading pools and wheelbarrows.

It's also recommending that residents reduce their time spent outside during dusk and dawn, wear long sleeves and long trousers.