WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

CAES reports WNV and EEE-carrying mosquitoes in Connecticut

Connecticut's State Mosquito Management Program released mosquito testing results on Friday after mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis were identified this season.

"Although mosquito populations are declining, mosquitoes infected with West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis viruses are still present in several areas of the state," Chief Medical Entomologist to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis said. "Considering the warm weather recently, it is important that people continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites."

The CAES set mosquito traps to test for the presence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. The tests found WNV-positive mosquitoes in 22 towns in Connecticut since June 27, including Branford, Darien, Bridgeport, Fairfield, East Haven, Stafford, Norwalk, Stamford, North Branford, Voluntown, Stratford, Plainfield, West Haven, Wallingford, Waterford, Wilton and Westport. The most recent confirmed case was found on September 24 in North Branford.

Tests have confirmed mosquitoes carrying EEE in five Connecticut towns, including Haddam, Hampton, Voluntown, Plainfield and North Stonington. The most recent mosquitoes that tested positive were found on September 24 in Voluntown and North Stonington.

Although no human cases of EEE-associated illness have been reported, a horse and a flock of pheasants were reported to have died from infection in September.