Blood donations that test positive for West Nile virus are discarded and not used for transfusions. While this information can stir up some alarm, Guilford officials have said residents shouldn't be too anxious and basic preventative measures should be just fine-plus, none of the positive mosquitoes were found in Guilford.
The virus has been detected in CT every year since 1999.
The area around the positive mosquito batches was inspected by the state health department, which has treated nearby catch basins to protect against further mosquito breeding nearby.
Greg Lakin, KDHE's chief medical officer, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that most cases of West Nile are not serious.
"It's a surveillance program", he said.
The Health Department also released information to the town website alerting residents to the fact that this is the high season for mosquitoes. Knowing which kinds of mosquitoes are active in our state is critical for our disease prevention strategies.
The Back Mountain township will participate in the Luzerne County mosquito spraying slated for Thursday, Aug. 2, according to a news release.
It all starts when "mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds".
Since 2000, there have been 134 human cases of WNV, including three deaths.
As of July 24, 39 cases have been reported across the U.S. "With the temperatures we're seeing here, that's not really feasible for a lot of people" she said. "They should just be aware that this mosquito-borne disease does exist, although it is very rare". Less than one per cent of people infected with the West Nile get seriously ill. "Residents should use insect repellent, drain standing water around the home and take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours between dusk and dawn".