Mosquitoes in Vermont are positive for West Nile virus


ESSEX, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Health states that a pool of mosquitoes collected in the Essex has given positive results to the West Nile virus.

The department said Friday that over 2,000 mosquito pools – or groups of up to 50 mosquitoes of the same species and location – have been tested this year in Vermont. This is the first to be positive for the virus, which spreads in the man with the bite of an infected mosquito.

The health department claims that most people do not develop any symptoms, which can include fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and a rash.

West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in every county of Vermont in the past. The health department says 12 cases of Vermont residents have been reported since 2011.

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