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West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Roslindale

West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Roslindale

The state's first human case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in Cleveland County, state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley confirmed Tuesday.

The mosquitoes were trapped on June 29 as part of the State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program.

West Nile symptoms can include fever and flu-like illness.

For more information about West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website here.

State health officials say there have been no confirmed human cases of West Nile in MA this year.

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Officials say always use precautions such as insect repellent and proper clothing, especially at dawn and dusk.

During 2016, CAES trapped and tested more than 170,000 mosquitoes and identified WNV-positive mosquitoes collected at trap sites in 20 towns in four counties (Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven and New London) collected July 6-Sept. 28.

It was the first mosquito sample to test positive for the virus this year. Since 2000, there have been 131 human cases of West Nile in CT and three fatalities.

The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state.