West Nile Virus

  • Preparedness Involves Storms, Water, Virus-Related Concerns

    While Newtown and the region dodged a recent threat as Hurricane Joaquin banked away instead of toward the East Coast a few weeks ago, local emergency management officials are remaining vigilant about possible future storms and other concerns that could threaten public health.

    With that in mind, Deputy Emergency Management and Health District Director Donna Culbert took the opportunity to remind residents that other serious storms may still plague the region as they did a few years ago around Halloween, touting the need to be prepared.

  • WNV Update: Five Human Cases of West Nile Virus Reported In Bridgeport, Shelton

    HARTFORD – The State Mosquito Management Program announced September 24 that five human cases of WNV infection have been identified in Connecticut so far this year. Four of the five cases are Bridgeport residents. The fifth case is a Shelton resident.

    The five patients are all adults between 30 and 80 years of age. Onsets of illness occurred from the third week of August to the second week of September. Four of the five patients were hospitalized; all five are recovering.

  • State's First West Nile Case Identified, Health Officials Say Take Precautions

    Dumping out standing water around the yard – even as little as a half cup full – and closing down mosquitoes access to one’s home are the two best ways to avoid contracting West Nile Virus according to Donna Culbert, Newtown Health District Director.

    Her advice comes on the heels of an August 29 announcement that a Stratford resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection.