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Mosquito Population Up; First West Nile Identified

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Mosquitoes (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Mosquitoes (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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The first mosquitoes of the season to test positive for the West Nile virus have been trapped in Connecticut. And the experts say the overall number of mosquitoes most likely to carry the virus is up appreciably.

The state Mosquito Management Program announced that the virus was found in mosquitos trapped in Stamford last week.

At the 91 traps around the state,   the number of bird-biting mosquitoes commonly associated with West Nile,  has been running 30 percent to 50 percent higher than the average collections over the past six years,

Last year mosquitoes positive for the virus were found in 30 municipalities,  and nine residents came down with the infection.  This year’s first case comes about a week after the first one last year.

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