More trapping as we hit peak of West Nile Virus season - WFSB 3 Connecticut

More trapping as we hit peak of West Nile Virus season

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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Worries over West Nile Virus continue as the number of communities with mosquitoes testing positive continues to grow.

The Department of Public Health has issued a warning for people heading outdoors. They are also tracking the location of mosquitoes that test positive.

"This is where I hang the light trapper here, make sure the branch of the tree is really sturdy," said trapper Stephanie Canales.

Her job takes her places most of us try to avoid. "That's how we find out different kinds of diseases and viruses."

On Thursday she was in West Hartford. "This was one of the spots that tested positive for West Nile," explained Canales who works as a field research assistant.

Nine communities have tested positive for West Nile so far this year. Experts believe that number will continue to grow so trapping and testing mosquitoes is key.

"We do what we can to collect mosquitoes. If they contain the virus, then we give a call to the health department. They let the city know, and they take any safety measures from then on."

 At this point, no humans have tested positive for the disease, but that is not stopping some people from taking extra precautions.

"I don't think that they've been worse. It's not something I was really concerned about until Thursday," admitted Marcus Miller of West Hartford.

"I'm very concerned. We always use bug spray, but they don't seem to be out very much during the daytime. At dusk we go indoors," said Dennis Johnson.

In the meantime, the effort is underway to locate more mosquitoes with West Nile Virus.

"Starting next week, I'm going to be double trapping this site in West Hartford along with a couple others that tested positive," revealed Canales.

State officials say August and September is the peak time for finding West Nile in the state.

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