West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Positive samples for West Nile have been found in Clark County for several years.
Health experts say that they expect the incidence rate to only keep increasing as the scorching heat drags on, and are encouraging the public to protect themselves.
The spraying will the third of the season and the infected mosquito is the fifth confirmed carrying the virus. Here's a guide from the CDC.
State public health officials have confirmed the first two human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus in CT this season.
Mosquito bites are largely avoidable, and the health department is urging residents to take precautions to avoid contracting the disease. The risk is greatest during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.
Schiffman recommends wearing bug spray.
"Make sure to fix or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home".
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Health officials advise homeowners to get rid of standing water on their property where mosquitoes can breed.
Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas. "Change out water in bird baths and pet watering bowls weekly and place screening on rain barrels".
Empty, drain, remove, cover or turn upside down any container that can hold water.
Schiffman says people who do experience symptoms usually are feverish and may experience body aches or a rash.
Approximately 80 percent of those infected with the virus will not show any symptoms, but about one in 150 will develop a severe neuroinvasive illness that can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, seizures and paralysis. Less than one per cent develop more serious central nervous system issues, she said.
Public health officials have detected West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitoes in Stirling-Rawdon.
August and September are traditionally the peak times for virus transmission of the mosquitoborne virus. No Yolo County residents have been diagnosed with the virus thus far this year. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 800-433-1610.