Don’t forget your bug spray – mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been found in twelve Connecticut towns so far this summer.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the State Mosquito Management Program have found infected mosquitoes in Bridgeport, East Haven, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainfield, Stamford, Stratford and Westport.
“Over the rest of the summer and into early fall, we 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,” said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, Chief Medical Entomologist of the CAES, in a release from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Mosquitoes in Voluntown were found to be carrying eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) last month, but since then, all mosquitoes trapped have tested negative.
For more information on the West Nile virus and how to prevent it, visit www.ct.gov/mosquito.