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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

West Nile in Norwalk, ‘Matter of Time’ Here

By James Lomuscio

Although no mosquitoes in Westport of Weston have tested positive for West Nile Virus, “it is only a matter of time” since the virus has shown up in Norwalk and 14 other parts of the state, Mark A.R. Cooper, director of health for the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD), said today. WestportNow.com Image
Mark A. R. Cooper: take precautions. File photo

“It is only a matter of time before mosquitoes become positive for the virus in Westport,” said Cooper. “It happens every year around this time.

“Therefore, it is time to start advising citizens to take precautions against mosquito bites,” he added.

According to recent reports from the New Haven-based Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, “which has traps set up all over the state, including Westport,” said Cooper, 15 towns have trapped mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus.

They include: Bridgeport, Chester, Darien, East Haven, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, New Haven, Stamford, Stratford, Waterford, West Haven and Wethersfield.

“It’s all around us,” said Cooper. “But there are no reported cases of West Nile Virus yet found in people. It’s found in mosquitoes first, and over the next two months the risk factors tend to increase, and that’s why we’re trying to get people to take precautions.

According to Cooper, first on the list of precautions is to eliminate any outside object that can hold water and become a breeding place for mosquitoes.

“Mosquitoes are still depositing their eggs in any pool of water they can find and will be eagerly looking for someone’s blood to feed on,” he said.

He also urged residents to: clean house gutters that can retain water; empty wading pools and bird baths every few days; chlorinate swimming pools regularly; make sure there are covers are on grills, boats, pools and other outside equipment, so that they do not collect water.

Cooper also advised that during mosquitoes’ peak activity dawn and dusk hours people should wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin and to use mosquito repellents as directed by their labels.

For further information, visithttp://www.wwhd.org”> http://www.wwhd.org and the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website at http://www.ct.gov/mosquito.

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