First West Nile-Positive Mosquitoes Of Summer Are Found

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut health officials say they have found the year’s first mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus.

The state Mosquito Management Program said Friday that mosquitoes trapped in Bridgeport June 21 tested positive for the virus.

Theodore G. Andreadis, the chief medical entomologist, said the detection of infected mosquitoes suggests an early presence of the virus. He said that as temperatures continue to get warmer, isolating the West Nile virus in mosquitoes will likely increase and expand to other areas of the state this summer.

Last year, mosquitoes with West Nile virus were trapped in 24 municipalities, with the first trapped on June 14. Eleven Connecticut residents were identified with WNV infections last year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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