TORRINGTON – Recent tests have revealed the presence of West Nile Virus in some pools of mosquitoes in Goshen County, Jenna Meeks, assistant supervisor for the Goshen County Weed and Pest Department, said in a release Wednesday.
Population monitoring has been ongoing since late May but, due to low populations of the mosquito species which carries West Nile, actual testing for the virus didn’t begin since June 23, according to the release. As of Aug. 2, 37 tests revealed West Nile Virus in 10 pools in the county. The first positive was discovered on July 28, from traps collected on July 24.
Overall, mosquito populations in the county remain low, the release stated. Weed and Pest Supervisor Bob Baumgartner declined to reveal Thursday the exact location of the 10 pools where the virus was found.
“That’s something we’d rather not disclose,” he said. “We want the whole county to be aware.
“This is a county-wide program,” Baumgartner said. “Basically, we would like everybody in the county to take precautions.”
Preventative measures to prevent bites and population increases include draining standing water weekly, dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, preferably long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and properly apply insect repellent containing the active ingredients DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
GCWP has a variety of mosquito control products available to the public.
Symptoms of infection by the West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and rash. More sever symptom, including headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures and paralysis.
Symptoms may be exhibited in as few as 20 to 30 percent of people who become infected with the virus. In addition, other mammals, including dogs and horses, may be affected by the virus, which should be discussed with a veterinarian.