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West Nile Virus identified in Hartford County Mosquitoes

Protect yourself and your family with these tips

Post Date:08/02/2018 1:38 PM

Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus have recently been identified in Hartford and Manchester, as well as many other Connecticut towns.  As such, Glastonbury residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases. 

Mosquito-borne illness is a threat to take seriously, particularly between now and late September.  Residents can prevent mosquito bites/activity by taking the following steps:

  • Eliminating standing water around the home or office
  • Making sure door and window screens are in good repair
  • Covering bare skin and using insect repellent when outside, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active

Experts at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station claim that current indicators suggest a very active season for West Nile Virus. Mosquito populations are building and will continue to do so, especially with the persistence of hot-muggy weather, according to Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES.  Surrounding states are also reporting early WNV activity.

Click here to view mosquito prevention tips from the Center for Disease Control.  Please share this with your friends/family to best protect Glastonbury community members.

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Above graphic and attached document resource provided by the CDC and available via this link: https://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/pdfs/fs_mosquito_bite_prevention_us.pdf