CHESHIRE — West Nile Virus-infected mosquitoes were found in the area of Lock 12 historical park recently, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
The Chesprocott Health District is urging residents to take safety precautions to reduce the risk of being bitten, according to a press release shared Wednesday.
Residents should reduce their time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and use insect repellent and cover arms and legs.
Other tips include emptying or turning over containers, including pots, used tires, tire swings, and wading pools, to prevent standing water; drilling holes in containers; cleaning clogged gutters; cleaning and chlorinating pools; and changing water in bird baths weekly. Mosquitoes require water for reproduction.
Symptoms of West Nile Virus are generally mild, flu-like illness. Any questions concerning possible infection can be directed to medical providers.
Mosquitoes also tested positive for West Nile Virus in Meriden and Wallingford. In local resident in Southington also tested positive for the virus, according to the state Department of Public Health.
State officials last month warned residents to be extra cautious this year after lab tests found West Nile rates in mosquitoes were higher than normal for the time of year.
“We are detecting more West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, including those that readily feed on humans, than is typical for this time of year,” Dr. Philip Armstrong, medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, said in an Aug. 2 advisory. “These conditions lead to an increased risk of human infection that will likely continue from now until the end of September.”