Connecticut DPH Announces First Two Cases Of West Nile Virus Infection This Year

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Press-Room/Press-Releases—2021/Connecticut-DPH-Announces-First-Two-Cases-Of-West-Nile-Virus-Infection-This-Year

REDUCE Mosquito Breeding Habitats around your Home

  • Dispose of plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.
  • Empty standing water from used or discarded tires that may have accumulated on your property, e.g., tire swings.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis, particularly if leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug the drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools. Change water weekly.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths. Change water in birdbaths weekly.
  • Aerate ornamental pools, stock them with fish or use mosquito dunks.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used OR use mosquito dunks. Be aware that mosquitoes may breed in water that collects on swimming pool covers.

Prevention

  • Use insect repellent: When used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent External with one of the following active ingredients:
    • DEET
    • Picaridin
    • IR3535
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
    • Para-methane-diol (PMD)
    • 2-undecanone
  • Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning, or window and door screens. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.

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