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 >
Voluntown, CT (WFSB) -
Portions of Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown reopened Tuesday after mosquitoes with Eastern Equine Encephalitis were found in the state park in August, according to state officials.
However, the Mt. Misery campground and Horse Camp, which is also known as Frog Hollow Horse Camp, remain closed Tuesday.
Officials with Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Public Health will determine when these areas can reopen. However, no date has been set.
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Officials warned that EEE is a serious disease that can cause swelling in the brain.
EEE-positive mosquitoes were located in the Pachaug State Forest on Aug. 21. State officials conducted ground spraying in the area in an attempt to reduce the number of mosquitoes.
"Our most recent trap collections have shown a significant decline in mosquito populations in the affected area as a result of the ground spraying and current weather conditions," said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Chief Medical Entomologist at CAES. "Although we continue to detect low levels of EEE virus activity in some mosquitoes, we do not anticipate any further build-up in the coming weeks."
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.