Health department confirms mosquito with West Nile Virus in Fayette County

Desiree Burns
September 13, 2018

Vermont officials say a horse in Windham County that died has tested positive for West Nile virus. West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has been found in all areas of Vermont.

There have been no reported cases of the virus among humans in Vermont this year.

The health department said it will spray for mosquitoes in the 40509 zip code from 3 6 a.m. Thursday. In rare cases, the illness can be serious and even fatal.

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While most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, some may have high fever, severe headache, tiredness and/or a stiff neck that can last several days to several weeks. Using insect repellent during peak activity times and wearing long sleeves, long trousers and socks outdoors, when weather permits, is also suggested.

Local residents are encouraged to use repellents, wear protective clothing and avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

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