Itchy, Annoying and Sometimes Deadly Mosquitoes

The CDC reports 47 states have found the West Nile virus.

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The Dallas region had its 11th death of the year from West Nile.
The disease has already been found across Connecticut too. Photo:eyeweed (Flickr Creative Commons)
Itchy, Annoying and Sometimes Deadly Mosquitoes
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Itchy, Annoying and Sometimes Deadly Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are one of those things that we learn to deal with. We put the bug spray on, light the citronella candle, and try to keep the itching to a minimum. But for some people, those skeeters are deadly.

Yesterday, the Dallas, Texas region saw its 11th death of the year from the West Nile Virus. More than 200 people have been infected by the disease. And here in Connecticut, officials announced the first case of West Nile last week. The Agricultural Experiment Station has found mosquitoes carrying the virus in dozens of towns across Connecticut.

Today, a look at the annoying, itchy, and sometimes fatal effects of mosquitoes.

Just how dangerous are these insects? They must be good for something, right?

We’ll talk with those studying mosquitoes in hopes of learning from them...and those trying to kill them.