NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — More mosquitoes have turned up carrying the West Nile Virus in Connecticut, according to Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.
The State Mosquito Management Program is reminding residents to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, now that mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus have been identified in two communities in Fairfield County, Stamford and Bridgeport.
Three more Connecticut towns, Stratford, Hartford, Newington, have been found to have mosquitoes with West Nile virus, after it was found in Stamford and Bridgeport earlier this year. Startford, Hartford, and Newington have also now tested positive for West Nile.
“The number of infected mosquitoes is increasing and we urge residents to be aware and take precautions” said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the CAES. “As in years past, we expect to see further build-up and geographic expansion of West Nile virus in mosquitoes throughout the region with increased infection over the remainder of the summer and into the early fall.”
“Historically, August and September are the months of greatest risk for acquiring West NIle virus infection, said Dr. Raul Pino, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. “As we head into late summer, I ask everyone to prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.”
The CAES is also monitoring the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) which has proven to be a competent vector of Zika virus. This mosquito has been found in 8 Connecticut towns, including:
- South Windsor
- West Haven
The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. Mosquito traps are set at night, between Monday and Thursday, at each site every ten days on a rotating basis.
Mosquitoes are grouped, or pooled, for testing according to species, collection site, and date. Positive findings are reported to local health departments and on the CAES website at http://www.ct/gov/caes/mosquitotesting.