Mosquitoes trapped in Stonington, North Stonington test positive for EEE

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FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. A New Jersey doctor said a woman from Honduras with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby on May 31, 2016, that appears to be affected by […]

(WTNH) — Health officials have announced Tuesday more mosquitoes recently trapped in Connecticut have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The Uncas Health District and Ledge Light Health District said the mosquitoes that recently tested positive were trapped in North Stonington and Stonington.

Bugs in Voluntown, Chester, Haddam, Hampton, Madison and Killingworth had already tested positive for the disease this season.

There have been two reported cases of EEE in horses in the state so far.

In 2013, one person in the state died from EEE. That’s the only human case of EEE in Connecticut.

“No human cases of EEE have been reported in Connecticut since 2013,” cautioned DPH Commissioner Renée Coleman Mitchell, “however, it is important for all Connecticut residents, especially in the southeastern part of the state, to take recommended precautions to avoid mosquito bites seriously.”

Residents are advised to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, such as avoiding outdoor activities before dawn and after dusk.

The CDC recommends residents to wear bug spray that contains DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or another effective ingredient.

Utilize screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

Stop mosquitoes from laying eggs in or near water by draining and/or cleaning any containers outside that hold water.

For more information on repelling mosquitoes, click here.


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