Thursday, August 29 2013 7:10 PM EDT2013-08-29 23:10:45 GMT
Following the first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus and with the holiday weekend coming up, Department of Public Health officials are offering ways to avoid the disease. State officials advisedMore >
Following the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus and with the holiday weekend coming up, Department of Public Health officials are offering ways to avoid the disease.More >
PLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) -
Connecticut residents are concerned after Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been discovered in another town.
Mosquitoes with EEE have now been found in the town of Plainfield. Last month, the virus was located in mosquitoes in Hampton and Voluntown.
State health officials had to close a portion of the Pachaug State Forest. Parts of the forest still remain off limits.
Department of Public Health officials confirmed a Stamford resident who is between the ages of 80 and 89 was diagnosed with the virus in the third week of August.
A Stratford resident who is between the ages of 60 and 69 was also bitten by West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes and became sick during late July.
Both patients are still recovering from the virus, but they did not need to be hospitalized, officials said.
Since June 27, WNV-positive mosquitoes have been trapped in the following 20 Connecticut towns:
"Although mosquito populations are declining, we continue to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis viruses in several areas of the state," said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, who is the chief medical entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. "This trend is likely to continue through September."
Officials said people are more likely to get infected with West Nile virus during early August to mid-September and the greatest risk of WNV-positive mosquitoes are in coastal towns.
Health officials are warning Connecticut residents to be careful outside and take the following precautions:
Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.
Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.