Residents Urged to Protect Against Mosquito Bites
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:
- Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
- Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
- Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.
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.