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West Nile Virus Found In Mosquito In Wilton

WILTON, Conn. – A mosquito infected with the West Nile virus has been identified in Wilton, according to state officials who are warning about increased risks to people.

Mosquitoes testing positive for the virus were found in Wilton and 12 other towns, the state’s Mosquito Management Program announced Thursday. The mosquitoes were captured between June 27 and July 18.

“As expected, we continue to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in more locations in lower Fairfield County and in an expanding number of other areas of Connecticut,” said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, a chief medical entomologist. “Over the rest of the summer and into early fall, we expect to see further buildup of West Nile virus with increased risk for human infection throughout the state, especially in densely populated communities where the virus is found.”

Residents should take steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, said Dr. Randall Nelson, a state public health veterinarian with the Department of Public Health.

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