Mosquitoes test positive for uncommon, potentially deadly virus in Connecticut

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a severe however uncommon virus, has been detected in mosquitoes for the primary time this year in Connecticut, in keeping with state well being officers.

Mosquitoes trapped in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown on September 23 examined positive for the virus, the Department of Public Health announced Saturday. The company is recommending that residents in southeastern Connecticut take precautions towards mosquitoes.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station exams confirmed the contaminated mosquitoes have been each bird-biting and mammal-biting species.

“We encourage residents of southeastern Connecticut to take simple measures such as wearing mosquito repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active,” state Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani stated. “While the detection of EEE virus is of concern, it is important to remember that we do not expect to see a lot of mosquito activity in the month of October.”

The mosquito-borne virus causes extreme brain irritation in about 2% of contaminated adults and 6% of contaminated youngsters. EEE is uncommon, occurring in about 5 to 10 folks a year, in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No human circumstances have been reported this year. Although the situation is uncommon in people, the mortality rate is excessive at about 30%, and lots of who get better proceed to have neurological issues.

At least 7 lifeless from EEE

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West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes trapped in greater than 40 cities throughout the state this year. Three folks in Hartford, Bridgeport and West Haven have been contaminated.

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