NEWINGTON — Scientists have located mosquitoes with West Nile virus in Connecticut for the first time this year, according to an announcement from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
The West Nile-positive mosquitoes were trapped in Newington on July 8, scientists said in a release.
Scientists reminded residents to guard against mosquito bites in the weeks and months to come.
“The first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes of the season have been identified,” said Philip Armstrong, medical entomologist at the CAES. “Late-June to mid-July is when we typically first detect WNV infection in mosquitoes and we anticipate further build-up of the virus from now through September.”
“We’ll continue to closely monitor mosquitoes for virus amplification,” said Jason White, director of the CAES. “We encourage everyone to take simple measures such as wearing mosquito repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.”
The scientists advised residents to “(m)inimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active,” check the quality of door and window screens, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside and consider using mosquito repellent.
West Nile virus has been found in Connecticut each year since 1999, scientists said in the release. Last year, 82 mosquito samples came back positive in 23 towns, with the majority detected in “densely populated urban and suburban regions in Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven counties, consistent with prior years.”