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Fairfield officials raise awareness about mosquitoes

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Fairfield officials work to raise awareness about mosquitoes. (WFSB) Fairfield officials work to raise awareness about mosquitoes. (WFSB)

Going door-to-door is effective with political campaigns and even Girl Scouts selling cookies, but now the town of Fairfield is using it for its mosquito prevention.

The health department said the threat of the Zika virus might be slight, but it is a concern, so for the month of June, volunteers are hitting the streets and handing out door hangers filled with tips on how people can stay safe.

Volunteer Marilynn Jamgochian hung pamphlets on each house on Old Farm Road on Tuesday.

"This may put their mind at ease and make them feel empowered that they can do something about it,” Jamgochian said.

More than 50 volunteers with the Fairfield Easton Medical Reserve Corps and the town’s Community Emergency Response Team hit the streets and homes all over town.

"While it's still a relatively low risk type of event, it's a high concern, because it can have an impact, having children with birth defects, people trying to get pregnant so we want to do all we can to make sure we're getting the word out, not only Zika but all mosquito-born diseases,” said Fairfield Health Department Director Sands Cleary.

Cleary said officials even put some larvicide in a fountain after noticing mosquitoes in the area.

While the town is checking its property, it is asking homeowners to do the same.

The brochure that is getting dropped off, reminds people to use bug spray, wear long sleeves and make sure you clear out any potential mosquito-breeding grounds around a home.

"Empty any kind of water you have, sitting water you have around to avoid where they lay their eggs, kind of nip it in the bud,” Jamgochian said.

"We've kind of raised the bar a little bit this year. People are paying attention to mosquitoes right now with Zika going on and we want to make sure we're doing everything we can to protect pregnant mom's and people trying to conceive," Cleary said.

The town will continue with the door-to-door campaign through the month of June.

In addition to the door hangers, they’ve also printed up brochures available at town offices and the library, both English and Spanish.

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