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West Nile Virus found in Brattleboro

To learn more about what works when it comes to mosquito prevention go to www.healthvermont.gov/mosquito. If you have any further questions, you can call Town of Brattleboro Health Officer Leonard Howard III at 802-254-4831 or the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7281.

BRATTLEBORO—The town of Brattleboro and the Vermont Department of Health are reporting that mosquitoes collected in Brattleboro have tested positive for West Nile Virus at the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory.

When the virus is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites, most people don’t get sick, but some get symptoms like fever, joint pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The sickness can become quite serious in some people, and those age 50 or older are at the higher risk.

According to the Department of Health, Vermont hasn’t had any reported human cases so far this year.

In a news release, they offered these tips to keep people from contracting the virus: wear long sleeves and long pants when outside, use EPA-registered insect repellent, and get rid of standing water where mosquitoes like to breed.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #471 (Wednesday, August 8, 2018). This story appeared on page A1.

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