Alert and Prevention Measures for Mosquito borne virus EEE
There has been an increase in mosquito born West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) (updated Sept. 23, 2019) in several Connecticut regions. New Haven has demonstrated WNV-positive mosquito activity as well as the adjacent towns/cities of West Haven, East Haven, and North Haven. EEE is most closely present in Shelton and Madison at this time and with recent and continued warm weather and humidity, the spread of infected mosquitoes is likely and opportunities of exposure increased.
The risk for exposure is highest during the hours of dusk and dawn until the weather pattern changes and there is frost.
Below is information about how to reduce your risk of exposure to mosquito viruses.
The following press releases from the CT Dept. of Public Health (DPH) relay info regarding EEE in CT and the Sept. 11th press release details general prevention guidelines shared by the CT DPH for the state:
“DPH Announces Second Human Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) this year AND Death of the First Person Diagnosed with EEE this year”(CT DPH, Sept. 20, 2019): https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Press-Room/Press-Releases---2019/DPH-Announces-Second-Human-Case-of-EEE
“DPH Advises Residents to Take Extra Precautions to Prevent Contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis” (CT DPH, Sept. 11, 2019): https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Press-Room/Press-Releases---2019/DPH-Advises-Residents-to-Take-Extra-Precautions-to-Prevent-Contracting-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis