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Madison, Connecticut - The Town of Madison Health Department urges Madison residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases. The warning comes as the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified West Nile Virus (WNV) infected mosquitos in nearby towns.
Mosquito-borne illness is a threat to take seriously, especially from now until well into September. The current indicators suggest a very active season for WNV. Mosquito populations are building and will continue to do so, especially with the persistence of hot-muggy weather according to Medical Entomologist at the CAES. Surrounding states are also reporting early WNV activity.
No human or horse cases have been reported with WNV-associated illnesses in Connecticut at this time.
To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes residents should:
For information on West Nile virus and how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito or contact Madison Health Department.