State: Mosquitoes in Darien test positive for West Nile virus

So far, no cases of the disease have been diagnosed in any Connecticut residents.

News 12 Staff

Jul 27, 2021, 8:03 PM

Updated 1,035 days ago

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State: Mosquitoes in Darien test positive for West Nile virus
Mosquitoes that have tested positive for the West Nile virus have been found in Darien, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
So far, no cases of the disease have been diagnosed in any Connecticut residents.
The DPH offered some tips to keep families safe from West Nile virus:
To reduce the chance of being bitten when outside, wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, long pants and head cover. Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing is preferable because dark clothing radiates more heat and attracts more mosquitoes. Insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus can be used by most people and are often effective for varying lengths of time.
Permethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid that is widely available for repelling and killing ticks, also repels and kills mosquitoes. It is applied to clothing and provides longer-lasting protection. Do not apply permethrin products directly to skin.
Although not marketed as repellents, there are several cosmetic liquids and creams that claim some level of mosquito repellency. These products may effectively repel when mosquito pressure is light, but need to be reapplied frequently.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides further information on the use and effective use of repellants. Minimizing the time spent outside at dusk and dawn will also reduce the potential exposure to mosquito bites.


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