West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

West Nile Virus is communicated to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Dallas County reported its first West Nile Virus death of 2018 on Tuesday.

Mosquito bites can transmit the virus. In North America, that means that mosquito season - extending from the late spring through the fall - is West Nile season. This follows last week's positive test result in Woodstock.

The chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low.

West Nile-infected mosquitoes have been found in 19 towns this year, including Bethany, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Franklin, Greenwich, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, New Canaan, New Haven, Stamford, Stratford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Haven and Weston, according to health officials.

DCHHS recommends that Dallas County residents use an insect repellent containing DEET whenever they go outside, and that they dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.

"Positive and suspected West Nile cases are a reminder that preventative measures are important", said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the department.

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