Mosquitoes in Waterford, Lyme test positive for West Nile virus

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WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Mosquitoes in Waterford and Lyme tested positive for West Nile virus, the Ledge Light Health District announced Tuesday. 

Health officials said the positive species collected in Waterford were a combination of mammal and bird-biting mosquitoes, while the mosquitoes trapped in Lyme were bird-biting only.

Ledge Light said mosquitoes that test positive for West Nile virus are expected during the summer months, and their presence serves as a reminder for residents to take standard precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Precautions to avoid mosquito bites include: 

  • Minimize time outdoors at dusk and dawn.
  • While outdoors, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. 
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors. 
  • Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors.

Measures to reduce mosquitoes around the home include:

  • Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters. 
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and cover pools when not in use.

Additional information on the West Nile virus and mosquito management can be found here.

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