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Officials say increasing number of mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus

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Health officials said mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus are on the rise this summer.

Earlier this week mosquitoes in Newington tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Dr. Phillip Armstrong, who works for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said the organization regularly traps and tests mosquitoes throughout the state.

"We are seeing a marked increase in the number of infected mosquitoes and we're seeing an expansion into new geographic areas as well," said Armstrong.

The following towns have reported mosquitoes with the virus this year:

  • Bridgeport
  • Darien
  • Hartford
  • Stamford
  • Stratford
  • West Hartford
  • Newington
  • Easton

No residents have been infected.

Experts say the warm weather is to blame for the increase.

"I think what we're seeing is with the warmer weather and with the rainfall patterns we're seeing an increase that we're seeing statewide," said Armstrong.

Because of the rise, the even more mosquitoes will be caught from the effected areas.

Officials are warning residents to take precautions.

"Now is the time to take measures...residents in effected communities to wear mosquito repellent when outdoors, particularly at dusk and dawn, also consider just covering up [with] long sleeve pants and shirts," said Armstrong.

Experts advise residents also get rid of any standing water.

The kind of mosquito that carries West Nile Virus is a different kind than those that carry Zika Virus.

Residents with concerns or questions can contact Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2822.

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