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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in 2 more towns

17 August 2017

One dead bird each from Danville and Discovery Bay, a horse from Brentwood and four chickens from the Knightsen area have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District.

They are: Branford, Glastonbury, Greenwich, North Branford, North Stonington, Orange, Plainfield, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, West Haven and Westport, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has announced.

"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 CAES, in a statement.

State health officials are urging residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid an increase in West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes across the state. They said the other 105 traps set the same day tested negative for both West Nile and EEE. One hundred thirty one human cases of WNV illness, including three fatalities, have been diagnosed in CT residents since 2000.

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In addition to West Nile virus, a single case of California serogroup encephalitis has occurred in Ripley County. Three of those cases resulted in fatalities.

The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers when outdoors among mosquitoes.

Ensure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix.

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Light colors are least attractive to mosquitoes.

Apply insect repellent that contains DEET or another approved substance (e.g. picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535) on exposed skin when outdoors.

The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities statewide.

You can find more information on Ohio Department of Health's website.

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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in 2 more towns