WEST NILE-IN­FECTED MOS­QUI­TOES FOUND IN GRO­TON

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Gro­ton — Health of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day that mos­qui­toes trapped in Gro­ton have tested pos­i­tive for West Nile virus, which they said is typ­i­cal dur­ing sum­mer months but should re­mind area res­i­dents to pro­tect them­selves from mos­quito bites.

The mos­qui­toes were trapped on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Ledge Light Health District. Peo­ple should min­i­mize the time they spend out­doors at dusk and dawn, district of­fi­cials said, and pro­tect skin and in­door areas from mos­qui­toes.

Check­ing doors and win­dow screens for holes and gaps, wear­ing long pants and longsleeved shirts, and us­ing mos­quito re­pel­lent can help pre­vent against bites as well, they said.

Peo­ple also should dis­pose of wa­ter-hold­ing con­tain­ers or tires, drill drain­ing holes in the bot­tom of out­door con­tain­ers, clean clogged roof gut­ters, change the wa­ter in bird baths on a weekly ba­sis and clean, chlo­ri­nate and cover swim­ming pools.

Treat­ing stand­ing wa­ter with lar­vi­cide also can re­duce the po­ten­tial for West Nile virus trans­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease. Ledge Light can sup­ply 30-day treat­ments for stand­ing wa­ter to pre­vent mos­qui­toes from de­vel­op­ing into adults to res­i­dents of the district’s towns. The district serves as the health depart­ment for East Lyme, Gro­ton, Led­yard, New Lon­don, Old Lyme, Ston­ing­ton and Water­ford. Res­i­dents of those towns can re­quest treat­ment of stand­ing wa­ter on their prop­erty by call­ing Christo­pher Seery at (860) 448-4882, ext. 351.

Ad­di­tional re­sources for in­for­ma­tion on West Nile virus and mos­quito man­age­ment can be found at www.ct.gov/mos­quito.

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