The environmental officials have discovered the West Nile Virus in 5 Connecticut towns.

On Tuesday, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) made an announcement of finding mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in the towns Easton, Bridgeport, Stratford, New Canaan as well as Waterbury.

The residents are being urged by the State Mosquito Management Program to take measures and protect themselves from getting bit by mosquitoes and also mosquito borne illnesses.

Raul Pino, Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Commissioner, said that mosquito borne diseases are a real threat which should be taken seriously, especially starting from now till at least September.

Raul Pino now requests every person to prevent getting bit by mosquitoes by eliminating any standing water surrounding the home, ensuring that the door as well as window screens are in working state, to cover up the bare skin and to also use insect repellent when heading outdoors- especially during the dawn and dusk period when the mosquitoes are most active.

The CAES said that the mosquitoes infected with the virus were collected between the period of June 18 to July 10 this year.

No cases of human or horse being infected with the West Nile Virus associated illnesses have been recorded till now this season.

Since the year 2000, around 130 human cases of West Nile Virus have been diagnosed among the people residing in Connecticut, which also includes 3 fatalities.

Hence, to reduce the chances of getting but by mosquitoes, the officials urge the Connecticut residents to:

  • Utilise mosquito netting when you sleep outdoors or in a structure which is unscreened and to also protect small infants when you take them outdoors.
  • Consider using mosquito repellent, as per the directions mentioned on it, whenever you stay outdoors for extended periods.
  • Wear long sleeved shirt, socks, shoes, long pants when you head outside for long periods or the time when the mosquitoes remain most active.

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