EEE-Positive Mosquitoes Found in Hampton

The mosquitoes were trapped near Hampton Reservoir on Monday

Mosquitoes trapped in Hampton have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The mosquitoes were captured near Hampton Reservoir on Monday, according to the Department of Public Health. They are the bird-biting species,but the presence of EEE in Hampton should be a concern, officials said.

"The identification of a pool of EEE-positive mosquitoes in Hampton and yesterday's announcement of the first human case of West Nile virus underscore how important it is for people to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites," said Dr. Jewel Mullen, commissioner of the Department of Public Health.

A Stratford resident in their 60s became the state's first confirmed human case of West Nile on Thursday.

Last week, state officials shut down parts of the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown after human-biting mosquitoes trapped in the area tested positive for EEE.

Crews from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection sprayed insecticide in the Pachaug State Forest to try and cut down on the number of mosquitoes in the area.

"This Labor Day weekend, I urge everybody who will be spending time outdoors to use insect repellent, cover their bare skin, and avoid being outdoors during dusk and dawn," Mullen said.

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