WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health report that mosquitoes at a trapping site on Goff Road in Wethersfield have tested positive for West Nile.
So far this year, mosquitoes carrying West Nile have been found in over a dozen Connecticut towns including Bridgeport, Cromwell, Darien, East Hartford, Easton, Fairfield, Hartford, Milford, New Haven, Newington, Stamford, Stratford, Waterford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport, and now Wethersfield.
One woman in Milford tested positive for the virus back in August. The woman was in her 70’s and did not travel outside of the state before she contracted the virus.
Health officials want the public to know that mosquitoes infected with West Nile are different than the mosquitos infected with the Zika Virus. Mosquitoes that typically carry West Nile are the culex pipiens while the mosquitoes that carry Zika are the Egypti and Albopictus, not found in Connecticut.
The Central Connecticut Health District gives the following tips to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.
1: Avoid outside activity one hour before dusk or dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
2: Wear long sleeved shirts and pants when outside.
3: Use mosquito repellents that contain DEET, picardin, IR3535, lemon or eucalyptus oil. When applying sprays, make sure the wind is at your back and avoid personal contact and inhalation.
4: Avoid camping near fresh water swamps and use mosquito netting in tents.
5: Cover babies’ playpens and carriages with mosquito netting when they are outdoors.
6: Eliminate sources of standing water. Drain kiddie pools, clean clogged gutter, and flush bird baths. Throw away any containers that may collect water, and drill holes at the bottom of recyclables. You can store items like boats or wheelbarrows upside down.
7: Make sure all of your window screens are intact and any holes are covered up.
8: Be sure that your property has proper drainage.
9: Place bat houses in your yard in hopes that the bats will eat any mosquitoes nearby.
Anyone with any other questions or concerns regarding the West Nile virus and mosquito control can call the Central Connecticut Health District at (860)721-2822. For additional information, you can visit http://www.ct.gov/mosquito.