State health officials now say mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus have been found in a dozen Connecticut communities this summer – and mosquitoes positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in one town.
The EEE virus was found in two separate pools of mosquitoes in the Patchaug State Forest in Voluntown July 10 and 17, but has not been picked up there since.
The West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes trapped in Glastonbury, Manchester, Plainfield, East Haven, New Haven, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Westport.
Chief Medical Entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station says a further buildup of the West Nile vrus is expected for the rest of the summer, with increased risk of human infection. He says historically, the risk of human infection is greatest in August and September.