An elderly Southington resident tested positive for the virus after becoming ill during the first week in August, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said Friday.
They draw the chicken's blood twice a month to see if any birds have been infected.
A total of 134 human cases of West Nile virus were diagnosed in CT residents before 2018. "There is no vaccine, so we need to get the message out on how to prevent this virus".
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This is the third human case of West Nile virus diagnosed in CT this summer.
Lee County Mosquito Control District (LCMCD) has 17 coops around Lee County that are regularly tested for diseases like West Nile Virus.
To report suspected cases of human West Nile, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156. If a chicken is bitten by a mosquito with one of those diseases, it would show up on the blood test and LCMCD would know and begin treating that area.
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- Using an EPA-registered insect repellent when you're outside. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.
Dress in long sleeves and trousers when you are outside and spray thin clothing with repellent. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. Do not allow children to apply repellent themselves. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
The CCHHS and DCMA are advising Nevadans to use insect repellants when outdoors containing DEET, wearing long sleeves, long trousers and socks, taking extra care during peak mosquito biting hours and mosquito proofing homes. Make sure door and window screens fit tightly and all holes are repaired. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.
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