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Mosquito Precautions for CT Residents

EEE virus detected in 7 southeastern CT towns

Post Date:09/04/2019 2:27 PM

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued a press release advising CT residents to take caution and protect themselves from mosquito bites to reduce the risk of contracting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  While 7 southeastern CT towns have trapped mosquitoes testing positively for this virus, Glastonbury is NOT yet among them.  Glastonbury has a mosquito trapping station, which allows state officials to collect and test mosquitoes right here in town.  As of 9/4/19, there have been NO mosquitoes trapped in Glastonbury that were positive for either West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine encephalitis.  The trapping station will be monitored until mosquito season is over - typically in October, pending weather temperatures. 

Although mosquitoes carrying the virus have not yet been trapped here in town, the Glastonbury Health Department is still advising residents to take precautions against mosquitoes.  The following actions can help reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellent
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pant
  • Treat clothing and gear
  • Check your property for areas of standing water which may invite mosquito breeding and remove them where applicable/possible

For more information on preventing mosquito bites and mosquito virus activity in our state, please visit the following web pages:

Center for Disease Control Mosquito Prevention Reference Guide

CT DPH West Nile Virus Activity Map

CT DPH Eastern Quine Encephalitis (EEE) Activity Map

mosquito bite prevention- CDC

 

 

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