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Mosquitoes in 5 CT Towns Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Posted July 18, 2018 2:02 p.m. EDT

— WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Environmental officials have detected West Nile Virus in five Connecticut towns.

On Tuesday, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station identified West Nile Virus-infected mosquitoes in Bridgeport, Easton, New Canaan, Stratford, and Waterbury.

"Mosquito-borne illness is a threat to take seriously, especially from now until well into September," said Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner of the CT Department of Public Health. "I ask everyone to prevent mosquito bites by eliminating standing water around your home, making sure your door and window screens are in good repair, and covering bare skin and using insect repellent when outside – especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active."

The mosquitoes were collected from June 18 to July 10, officials said.

No West Nile Virus-associated illnesses among humans have been reported in Connecticut at this time.

Since 2000, 134 human cases of WNV have been diagnosed in Connecticut residents including three fatalities.

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, officials remind residents to:

Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.

Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.

Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.