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With cases of Zika reported in nearly every U.S. state, Connecticut officials are rolling out a detection program for the virus that’s been linked to birth defects.

Health officials in Massachusetts are recommending people take precautions this summer to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can spread illness. The much discussed Zika virus is a concern for people traveling out of the area, but there are local risks like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

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The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed the state's first case this year of human illness from West Nile virus, a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

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Officials say mosquitoes in six Connecticut towns have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Department of Public Health officials said Thursday that the mosquitoes were trapped in Darien, Guilford, New Haven, Stamford, West Haven and Waterford from July 20-29.

Dr. Phillip Armstrong, a medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, says the number of infected mosquitoes and the number of infected towns are both increasing.

Officials are urging people to use insect repellant and empty standing water in and around their home.

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Public health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year.

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The first pool of mosquitoes to test positive this year in New York State for West Nile virus has been confirmed by the state Health Department in Rockland County.

Westchester Has Its First Human Case Of West Nile

Aug 16, 2014
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Westchester County has its first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

West Nile Found In Mosquito Batch In Westchester

Aug 9, 2014

For the first time this year, a mosquito batch in Westchester County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

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A Hudson Valley county has its first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

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The Vermont Health Department says it has confirmed that one person has been sickened by West Nile virus spread by mosquitoes this year.

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West Nile Virus has been detected in Pittsfield, and health officials are responding.

NY Health Officials: Beware Mosquitoes And Disease

Aug 21, 2013
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Health officials are urging New York residents to take precautions after mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus were found in the state.

Two human cases of West Nile virus have been identified in Staten Island and one case has been identified in a horse in Oneida County. Most people infected with the mosquito-borne virus either show no symptoms or suffer a flu-like illness. A small number develop a serious illness that can lead to neurological damage.

Westchester Gives Away More Free Fish

May 16, 2013
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A county health department in New York’s Hudson Valley had such success the first time with a giveaway in the battle against West Nile Virus that it has planned a second distribution.

Westchester Offers Free Fish To Fight West Nile

May 8, 2013
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A county health department in New York’s Hudson Valley is trying a natural way to minimize the chances of becoming infected with West Nile Virus.

Connecticut agriculture officials have reported the year's first domestic animal cases of West Nile virus. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that a 4-year-old horse from Southbury showed symptoms of lethargy and stumbling on its front feet in late August. The horse developed a fever and became progressively more depressed and uncoordinated.

A blood sample was found positive for the virus. The horse was treated and is recovering.

A mosquito infected with West Nile Virus was recently found in Pittsfield. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau chief Lucas Willard spoke with regional health officials to get more information on the disease in the region.

The mosquito carrying West Nile virus was obtained in Pittsfield by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project and was confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.