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Conn. Medical Expert Warns Human West Nile Cases Likely

Mosquito on a person's hand. (credit: Tom Ervin/Getty Images)

Mosquito on a person’s hand. (credit: Tom Ervin/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Given the high number of mosquitoes out and about this year, Connecticut’s official expert on the subject expects there will be human cases of West Nile Virus.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

At least 40 towns and cities in Connecticut already have mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

State Entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis said that here in mid-August, we are in peak season.

He urges people take every precaution when outdoors to prevent mosquito bites, noting that there is no real cure for this viral disease with its debilitating symptoms.

“High fever, a very severe headache, muscle weakness where it is very difficult to walk,” the doctor told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “If you have any of these types of symptoms, you should seek medical attention.”

Andreadis said it is very likely mosquitoes infected with the virus are lurking in many other towns in Connecticut.

He said that officials simply can’t be in every town testing for them.

To prevent mosquito bites, avoid being outdoors at night, wear long sleeves, and apply bug spray.