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State Finds More West Nile Virus


HARTFORD– The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in three new towns in August have tested positive for West Nile virus.

State officials said these results represent the first positive mosquitoes identified in nearby Cromwell, Milford, and Norwalk by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station this year.
In 2011, WNV-positive mosquitoes have been trapped in 19 municipalities: Bridgeport, Cromwell,
Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hamden, Litchfield, Milford, New Britain, New
Canaan, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Westport, and Woodbridge. No Connecticut residents have been identified with illnesses related to WNV infections this year.

In 2010, WNV-positive mosquitoes were trapped in 24 municipalities with 11 reported human cases.
“As expected, we continue to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in additional locations in lower Fairfield County as well as other areas of Connecticut and previously identified sites,” said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, Chief Medical Entomologist, CAES. “During the remainder of August
and through September, we expect to see further build-up of West Nile virus with increased risk for human infection throughout the state, especially in densely populated communities.”
For information on West Nile virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito.

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West Nile Virus Found in New Britain


NEW BRITAIN — The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in New Britain on July 20 tested positive for West Nile virus.

The result represents the first positive mosquito identified in New Britain by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year. The WNV was also found in Westport.

“As expected, we continue to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in more locations in lower Fairfield County and are now seeing an expansion into central Connecticut,” said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, Chief Medical Entomologist, CAES. “Over the next few weeks and into early fall, we expect to see further build-up of West Nile virus with increased risk for human infection throughout the state, especially in densely populated communities.”

In 2011, WNV-positive mosquitoes have been trapped in six municipalities: Bridgeport, Greenwich, New Britain, Orange, Stamford, and Westport. No Connecticut residents have been identified with illnesses related to WNV infections this year.

For information on West Nile virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito.

 

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Hartford Resident Tests Positive for West Nile Virus


HARTFORD –  A city resident is has been tested positive for the West Nile Virus and is now hospitalized, state officials said today.

The State Mosquito Management Program  announced that  the 50-something  Hartford resident is the seventh human case of WNV reported in Connecticut and the nineth overall cases.

Two additional residents contracted the disease while traveling out of state.

In the latest case, the Hartford resident  became ill during the second week of September and is hospitalized for meningitis. Illness was characterized by fever and severe headache, officials said in a statement.

Laboratory tests performed at the Department of Public Health Laboratory identified the presence of antibodies to WNV in the patient’s cerebrospinal fluid.

Mosquitoes infected with WNV had been previously detected in Hartford on Sept. 2.

“West Nile virus can cause serious illness, especially in people over 50. Although the risk of getting sick from West Nile virus is declining, circulation of West Nile virus in mosquitoes will continue until the first hard frost,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin.

So far this season, WNV-positive mosquitoes have been identified in 23 towns – Bethel, Bridgeport,Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, New Britain, New Haven, Orange, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Trumbull, Wallingford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport and Wethersfield. Seven people, living in Bridgeport, Clinton, Greenwich, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford and Trumbull, have been reported with infections this year.

To monitor WNV, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state from June through October. Mosquito traps are set every ten days at each site on a rotating basis. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) according to species, collection site, and date. Each pool is cultured for the presence of viruses of public health importance including West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis viruses.

For information on West Nile virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito or call toll free at 1-866-WNV-LINE (1-866-968-5463).

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West Nile Virus Evident In Hartford


HARTFORD — The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in Hartford have tested positive for West Nile virus

These are the first positive mosquitoes identified in Hartford by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station this year.

“Virus activity in mosquitoes has slowed due to the cooler weather, but we continue to find infected mosquitoes throughout central and southern regions of the state,” said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, Ph.D., Chief Medical Entomologist, CAES. “The threat for human infection will remain for several more weeks.”

So far this season, WNV-positive mosquitoes have been identified in 21 towns – Bethel, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, New Britain, New Haven, Orange, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Wallingford, West Haven, Westport and Wethersfield.

Six people, living in Bridgeport, Clinton, Greenwich, New Haven, Stamford and Trumbull, have been reported with infections this year. Two additional Connecticut residents were infected while travelling out of the state.

For information on West Nile virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito.

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