Gov. Malloy and public health officials advise residents of increased West Nile virus activity

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy and state public health officials are advising Connecticut residents to be aware of the rapid increase of West Nile virus (WNV) activity.

Recent tests show that infected mosquitoes are rising at levels higher than normal for this time of year.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in 19 municipalities this year, in Bethany, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Franklin, Greenwich, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, New Canaan, New Haven, Stamford, Stratford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Haven, and Weston.

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“Based on the data we have so far this season, we know that cases of infected mosquitoes are rising at levels that are higher than normal, and that’s why it is essential for people to take extra precautions,” Governor Malloy said. “If you need to be outside – and especially if you work outside -take action to protect yourself and your family.”

No human or horse cases have been reported with WNV-associated illnesses acquired in Connecticut this season. 134 human cases of WNV, including three fatalities, have been diagnosed in Connecticut residents since 2000.

For more information on West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis viruses, and how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website at www.ct.gov/mosquito.

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