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Mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown test positive for EEE

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Mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown on Sept. 12 tested positive for EEE. (WFSB file) Mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown on Sept. 12 tested positive for EEE. (WFSB file)
Voluntown, CT (WFSB) -

For the first time this season, mosquitoes in Connecticut tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus. 

Mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown on Sept. 12 tested positive for EEE, according to results at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.  

“Although mosquito populations are declining, the detection of EEE virus requires continued monitoring,” Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES, said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is the first detection of EEE virus in mosquitoes since 2013 when a human fatality occurred in that same region of Connecticut."

EEE is "a rare, but serious viral disease in people," CAES officials said. There have been an average of six human cases each year in the United States. 

"There are no human cases reported, just the pool of mosquito's tested positive," said Voluntown's Selectman Tracey Hanson, who said all of the schools have been notified, but the school district is not alerting schedules in the playing fields.

Health officials want to make sure that you go around your property and check for standing water and get rid of it. That standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

Mosquitoes in 20 Connecticut towns tested positive for West Nile virus, which "is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease in the United States."

Those towns are:  

  • Bridgeport
  • Cromwell
  • Darien
  • East Haven
  • Easton
  • Fairfield
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Milford
  • New Britain
  • New Haven
  • Newington
  • Stamford
  • Stratford
  • Wallingford
  • Waterford
  • West Hartford
  • West Haven
  • Westport
  • Wethersfield

"Mosquitoes are still active, and EEE and West Nile virus continue to be detected in the state" said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the CAES, said in a statement on Wednesday. "I encourage residents to take measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.”

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