Mosquito in Fairfield test positive for West Nile

The State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program today announced that a mosquito trapped in Fairfield has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the ñrst positive mosquito identifled in Fairfield this  year by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the state Department of  Health Epidemiology Lab.

This year, seven other municipalities: Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, New Haven, Glastonbury  and Plainfleld have also reported WNV positive mosquitoes from July 02, 2013 through July 30, 2013. In 2012, WNV positive mosquitoes were trapped in a total of 51 municipalities with 21 reported human cases.

No Connecticut residents have been identified with illnesses related to WNV infections this year.

“We Want to encourage residents to reduce their risk of mosquito borne illness by taking the appropriate
precautions”, said Sands Cleary, Fairfield’s director of dealth.

If you must be outdoors at dawn and at  dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Use insect repellant but be sure to carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions. It is also recommended that you eliminate standing water from your property, by emptying water that collects in unused birdbaths, boats, buckets, tires, unused pools,
roof gutters and other containers. For more information on reducing your risk of getting bitten, visit fairfieldct.org/mosquito.htm.

Monitoring and risk assessment for WNV emphasizes mosquito trapping and testing. The CAES maintains a  network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. Mosquito traps are set Monday through Thursday nights and conducted at each site every ten days 0n a rotating basis. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site and date. Each pool is tested for the presence of viruses of public health importance. Positive ñndings are reported to local health departments, in press releases, and on the CAES website, ct.gov/caes.

For information on West Nile Virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit ct.gov/m0squito. You may download and print a two page brochure on West Nile Virus from ct.gov/caes .

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