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Waterford mosquitoes are the first in state to test positive for West Nile virus this year


HARTFORD, Connecticut — Connecticut health officials say mosquitoes trapped in Waterford are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile virus this year.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced on Friday that mosquitoes caught in Waterford on July 20 tested positive for the virus.

Officials are urging people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including minimizing time outdoors between dusk and dawn, wearing long sleeves and long pants while outside and using mosquito repellant.

Six Connecticut residents in Fairfield and New Haven counties were infected with West Nile virus last year. There have been no human cases this year.

West Nile is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Flu-like symptoms can occur. Less than 1 percent of people infected can develop serious neurological illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis.

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