The State Mosquito Management Program this week announced mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV) have been identified in 13 towns so far this season.
The mosquitoes were trapped by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) from June 27 to July 18 in: Bethel, Danbury, Greenwich, East Haven, New Haven, Newington, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, West Haven, Wallingford and Wilton.
"As expected, we continue to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in more locations in lower Fairfield County and in an expanding number of other areas of Connecticut," said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, Chief Medical Entomologist, CAES.
The Town of Durham after two crows found dead at White Farm .
Andreadis said officials expect to see further build-up of West Nile virus with increased risk for human infection throughout the state, especially in densely populated communities where the virus is found
"Everyone should take simple steps to prevent mosquito bites, like using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active," said Dr. Randall
Nelson, State Public Health Veterinarian with the Department of Public Health.
For information on West Nile virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito.
Please visit the Durham health department webpage for local information.