NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WWLP-WTNH) – West Nile Virus is beginning to show up around New England, though no human cases have yet been reported. Our Connecticut sister station WTNH-TV reports that mosquitoes trapped in New Haven, Guilford, and Stamford Connecticut have recently tested positive for West Nile Virus, this comes one week after mosquitoes carrying West Nile were discovered in Waterford, Connecticut.
Last month, West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitoes collected in the Berkshire County towns of Richmond and Sheffield, and WNV-positive mosquitoes were also found in Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties.
Sill, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health lists the entire state as being at “low” risk for West Nile, with the exception of Boston and a few surrounding cities and towns.
West Nile Virus causes flu-like symptoms, though in rare instances, patients can develop serious neurological illnesses, leading to coma, paralysis, or even death.