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West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes Identified in Woodstock


BROOKLYN – The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified West Nile virus (WNV) infected mosquitoes in 17 Connecticut towns this season: Branford, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, Ledyard, Milford, New Canaan, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Wallingford, West Haven, Westport, and Woodstock. There are no reported human cases of WNV so far this season. “We are seeing a sharp rise in the numbers of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus, especially in coastal Fairfield and New Haven counties and in the metropolitan Hartford area,” said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES. “We anticipate further geographic spread and build-up [...]

West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes Identified in Woodstock2022-08-25T12:26:24-04:00

Rabies Awareness a Priority for Protecting Public Health


PRESS RELEASE Dated: June 1, 2018 Release Date: For Immediate Release Contact: Linda J. Colangelo Education and Communications Coordinator 860-774-7350 x. 14 / Rabies Awareness a Priority for Protecting Public Health Health Department Issues Reminder to Stay Away from Stray Animals BROOKLYN – Warmer weather and longer days mean more time spent outdoors, which increases the risk of coming in contact with unfamiliar domestic and wild animals. “’If it’s a stray, stay away,’ is the primary message of rabies prevention,” said Susan Starkey, Director of Health for the Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH). “Traditionally, reports of rabies exposures [...]

Rabies Awareness a Priority for Protecting Public Health2022-07-04T12:38:42-04:00

Avoiding Tick-borne diseases


Last year over 20,000 people in Connecticut were infected with Lyme disease from tick bites according to State and Federal Public Health officials. Other tick-borne diseases, such as Babesiosis and Powassan encephalitis, are also on the rise in the Northeast. Public Works, Park & Recreation, summer camp counselors and campers, athletic coaches and athletes, and other public school employees who work out-of-doors may be exposed to tick bites and the diseases they carry this summer. Ways of avoiding tick bites include -- Stay on trails and paths, and avoid areas with high grasses and weedy underbrush. Wear a hat and light-colored clothing (so ticks can be easily [...]

Avoiding Tick-borne diseases2022-07-04T12:13:58-04:00
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