Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus discovered in North Stonington

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus discovered in North Stonington

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NORTH STONINGTON — Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus were discovered in town during a series of tests last week, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

The positive test was discovered during the week of Aug. 7. Other towns where infected mosquitoes were trapped this year are Branford, Glastonbury, Greenwich, North Branford, Orange, Plainfield, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, West Haven and Westport, the agency reported.

“This is the critical time of the year, when virus activity reaches its peak in the mosquito population,” said Dr. Philip Armstrong, medical entomologist at the experiment station. No cases of human or horse illnesses associated with the virus have been reported in Connecticut in 2017. Since 2000, the state has had 131 human cases of West Nile virus-related illness, including three fatalities.

The experiment station maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. For information on the West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis viruses and how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website at ct.gov/mosquito.

— Sun staff

Protect yourself for mosquitos

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, residents should:

Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.

Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors. Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

Source: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station


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