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To date the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in 19 municipalities this year which include Clintons neighboring Town Madison.
The current warm weather and high humidity are providing ideal conditions for mosquitoes and intensification of West Nile virus. These conditions lead to an increased risk of human infection that will likely continue from now until the end of September. Fortunately to date there has not yet been any confirmed human cases of WNV in Connecticut this season.
The CRAHD is urging Clinton residents to follow these very important measures:
Mosquitoes require water for reproduction. The following are measures that can help reduce mosquitoes:
Mosquitoes require a blood meal for reproduction. The following are measures that can help reduce bites from mosquitoes that feed on people:
In CT we are fortunate to have the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program (CMMP). The CMMP is a collaborative effort involving the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Agriculture, the University of Connecticut Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, and Local Health Districts and Departments.
For the most current and updated mosquito/WNV information please visit the CMMP website at: http://www.ct.gov/mosquito/site/default.asp
Clinton residents may wonder about WNV and their pets. After all they are a very important part of our families. Fortunately, most pets have a fantastic resistance to developing WNV disease and very rarely die if they become infected. The exception would be horses as they are extremely susceptible to WNV and have high mortality rates. The following link is an informative resource for pet owners: https://www.ok.gov/health/Disease%2C_Prevention%2C_Preparedness/Acute_Disease_Service/Disease_Information/Tickborne_and_Mosquitoborne_Diseases/West_Nile_Virus/West_Nile_Virus_Pet_Owner_Questions_and_Answers.html
Enjoy your summer and the outdoors but please do your part around your home to reduce mosquito breeding and protect yourself when you are outdoors particularly in the evening. In addition, we urge Clinton residents to call if they observe large accumulations of standing water (ex. unused swimming pools with stagnant water) on their neighbors’ property. During the mosquito breeding season these accumulations of standing water are a violation of the CT Public Health Code and will be appropriately enforced if reported.
If you have any additional questions, please call the CRAHD at 860-661-3300.
Scott Martinson, MPH, MS, RS
CT River Area Health District
Director of Health