In our region, the late summer months bring long days, warm weather, and (unfortunately) mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV can pass to people through mosquitoes. Most people who get WNV experience no symptoms at all, but the virus can cause serious illness in some people, especially those older than 50 years old. Symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and/or disorientation.
Reducing the mosquito population is part of the Norwalk Health Department’s comprehensive WNV protection strategy. Applying larvicide in storm drains and various standing water locations around the city keeps mosquito eggs from hatching. Workers from All Habitat Services, LLC, a company engaged by the City of Norwalk, will apply larvicide to those locations in late July and early August.
Chances that a person would become ill from a single mosquito bite are quite low. Still, the Health Department and the Connecticut Department of Public Health encourage residents to take some simple precautions to “Fight the Bite”:
Visit these sites for more information on West Nile Virus, efforts to control mosquitoes and WNV in Connecticut, and WNV statistics in CT.