West Nile Virus Detected in Hartford

A mosquito is sorted according to species and gender before testing. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) – The City of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is urging the public to take protective measures after the West Nile Virus was recently detected in mosquitoes at Keney Park.

They are asking residents to:

-Use mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors

-Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, especially during dusk and dawn hours. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

They are also asking homeowners to remove any pools or standing water on their property:

Dispose of water-holding containers such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings

Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling

Clean clogged roof gutters

Turn over objects that may trap water when not in use such as wading pools and wheelbarrows

Change water in birdbaths on a weekly basis

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and cover pools when not in use

Use landscaping techniques to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property

Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active

Ensure that door and window screens are tightfitting and in good condition. Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in unscreened structure.

 

 

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