Mosquitoes in Newington test positive for West Nile Virus


Health officials said mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Newington.

"The Central Connecticut Health District received notification from the Connecticut Department of Public Health that mosquitoes recently trapped in Newington tested positive for West Nile Virus,” a press release said.

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in 2016 have been found in Bridgeport, Darien, Hartford, Stamford, Stratford, West Hartford and now Newington.

Officials said there have been no humans testing positive for West Nile Virus in Connecticut to date this year.

For the past several years, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has been trapping and collecting mosquitoes for testing from about 91 trap sites in 72 towns and cities around the state.

Two of the sites are located in the Central Connecticut Health District, with one in Newington and the other in Wethersfield.

"The mosquitoes with WNV were collected at the Newington site, and were reported positive on August 15 by the CAES," officials said.

If you do get bitten by an infected mosquito, most people don't experience any symptoms but you might get slight fever, rash and headache, body aches.

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, please use the following personal protection measures: Avoid outdoor activities one hour before and one hour after dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors; it is especially important to cover the arms and legs of children. When outside, use mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, some oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane-diol. Follow the directions on the package. No product containing DEET should be used on infants less than two months old. Cover babies’ playpens and carriages with mosquito netting when outdoors. Avoid camping near fresh water swamps and use mosquito netting in tents. Stay indoors when mosquitoes are numerous. Eliminate sources of standing water such as stagnant ponds, ditches, flower pots and old tires, as mosquitoes only need a few tablespoons of water to lay eggs. Drain and turn over children’s pools, clean clogged gutters, and flush birdbaths and fountains once or twice a week. Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers and any similar containers that have accumulated on your property, and drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are left outside. Make sure your property is graded properly and has adequate drainage. Look for places where rainwater collects and fill all holes and depressions. Mosquitoes will breed in any puddle that lasts for more than 4 days. Store boats, wheelbarrows, and containers upside down. If you have a pond, be sure it is aerated or stocked with fish such as goldfish or minnows, which eat mosquito larvae. Patch holes in screens and make sure screens are tightly attached to doors and windows. Use low toxicity insecticides and always follow the directions on the products. When applying sprays, be sure to keep the wind at your back, carry the spray away from you and avoid personal contact with it and excessive inhalation of spray materials. Place bat houses on your property.For more about mosquito control, click here.

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