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Mosquitoes in 6 CT towns test positive for West Nile Virus

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Mosquitoes in six towns in the state have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

On Thursday, officials said positive mosquitoes were trapped in Darien, Guilford, New Haven, Stamford, West Haven and Waterford.

The mosquitoes were trapped from July 20 to July 29.

“The number of infected mosquitoes and the number of affected towns is increasing” said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES. “We expect to see further build-up of West Nile virus in mosquitoes with increased risk of human infection over the rest of the summer and into early fall.”

The use of insect repellant can be helpful for anyone who is spending time outdoors.

In addition, officials urged people to seek out and empty standing water in and around their homes.

Thursday evening was perfect to spend some time outdoors, but residents said they are taking precautions to stay safe from mosquito bites.

"When the sun goes down, I'm heading home," said Kevin Anderson of New Haven.

According to a press release, the CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. Mosquito traps are set Monday through Thursday nights at each site every ten days on a rotating basis. 

A press release said no horses or humans have been reported with West Nile Virus-associated illnesses acquired in Connecticut this season. 

During 2014, 6 Connecticut residents developed West Nile Virus-associated illnesses, none were fatal. 

Since 2000, 120 human cases of West Nile Virus-associated illnesses including 3 fatalities have been confirmed in the State.

Positive findings are reported to local health departments and a map can be found here.

For more information on West Nile and how to prevent mosquito bites, click here.

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