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West Nile Virus Found In Greenwich Mosquitoes

GREENWICH, Conn. - Mosquitoes trapped in Old Greenwich have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Greenwich Department of Health said in a release. It's the first positive test of the summer.

"It is important to recognize that the highest risk of exposure to West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes is during the months of August and September," Director of Environmental Services Michael S. Long said in a release. "Of the nine human cases diagnosed with West Nile Virus in 2011, one was a Greenwich resident."

Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito experience mild or no symptoms. The infection can become serious in some people, particularly those over 50. Symptoms come on suddenly 5 to 15 days following a bite.

The Greenwich Department of Health recommends that residents stay indoors at dusk and dawn, use mosquito repellent and not camp near stagnant water.

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