EEE virus is a rare but serious viral disease in people and horses, with an average of only 6 human cases reported each year. Patients who contract the virus can suffer permanent neurological damage and/or die.
This is the first detection of EEE-positive mosquitoes identified in the state this year by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. There have been no reported human or equine cases reported this season.
As for West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes, they have been identified in 65 sites in 53 Connecticut towns, with 17 human cases of the infection reported this year.
“Although mosquito populations are declining with the onset of cool weather, the late season detection of EEE virus and the continued detection of West Nile virus requires continued vigilance,” said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES. “We will continue to monitor the situation and trap mosquitoes until the first killing frost.”
“Mosquitoes are still active, and EEE virus and West Nile virus continue to circulate in Connecticut,” said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the CAES. “I encourage residents to take simple steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when biting mosquitoes are most active.”
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