Plainfield Becomes Fifth Town With West Nile-Infected Mosquitoes

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 7:43 PM EDT
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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile in Plainfield

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Mosquitoes trapped in Plainfield have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Northeast District Department of Health.

Plainfield is the fifth town to have mosquitoes test positive for the virus. Bridgeport, Glastonbury, Greenwich and Norwalk have also had mosquitoes with West Nile Virus.

"News of positive mosquito findings in Plainfield serves as a reminder for residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites now through September," said Susan Starkey, Health Director for Northeast District Department of Health.

Tips to prevent mosquito bites include:

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

Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time

Use mosquito repellent

Reduce standing water around your house, where mosquitoes like to breed.

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