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People warned over West Nile virus

20 September 2012 09:28

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne condition

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne condition

People holidaying in the US state of Connecticut are being warned about the threat of West Nile virus in the area.

Greenwich health officials confirmed five of the state's nine human cases of the virus have been in between Greenwich and Stamford. All parks, golf courses, playgrounds and other outdoor facilities in the area are being urged to close before dusk and reopen no earlier than half an hour after sunrise, the Greenwich Department of Health said.

While all travellers should take precautions such as using mosquito repellent and arranging medical travel insurance, health officials said the restrictions will be in place until mosquitoes in the state no longer test positive for the virus. Chief medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, Theodore Andreadis, said people can expect mosquito activity in the area until early November.