West Nile Virus Now Identified In 13 Towns
West Nile virus has now been found in 13 Connecticut towns this summer. No human cases have been diagnosed, but officials with the State Mosquito Management Program say mosquitos testing positive for the virus have been found in Newington, Wallingford, Bethel, Danbury, Greenwich, East Haven, New Haven, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, West Haven and Wilton from late June through last Wednesday.
Chief Medical Entomologist Ted Andreadis at the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station says an increased build-up of the virus and corresponding increased risk for human infection is expected through the summer and into the early fall.
Dr. Randal Nelson at the Department of Public Health urged residents to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially around dusk and dawn.