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.
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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.READ MORE: Nearly 200 People Being Released From Rikers After Gov. Hochul Signs 'Less Is More Act,' Calls N.Y.'s Incarceration Rate 'A Point Of Shame'
“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.MORE NEWS: After Almost 2 Years, New York Philharmonic Returns For 180th Season
To prevent mosquito bites, avoid being outdoors at night, wear long sleeves, and apply bug spray.