NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The State Mosquito Management Program announced Thursday that mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV) have been identified in six Connecticut towns so far this season.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) trapped the positive mosquitoes in Darien, Guilford, New Haven, Stamford, West Haven and Waterford. All of these mosquitoes were trapped recently, between July 20th to July 29th.
“The number of infected mosquitoes and the number of affected towns is increasing” said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES. “We expect to see further build-up of West Nile virus in mosquitoes with increased risk of human infection over the rest of the summer and into early fall.”
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According to Dr. Theodore Andreadis at CAES said the busiest months for West Nile are still ahead.
“Historically in Connecticut, August and September are the months when risk of West Nile virus infection is greatest. We encourage everyone to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when biting mosquitoes are most active.”
No humans have been reported with West Nile so far in Connecticut this year, according to CAES officials. During 2014, six Connecticut residents developed West Nile Virus associated illnesses, none were fatal. Since 2000, 120 human cases of WNV-associated illnesses, including 3 fatalities, have been confirmed in Connecticut.