Mosquitoes recently trapped in Redding have tested positive for West Nile virus. Residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and are encouraged to take simple measures to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
To help reduce mosquitoes around the home, objects that may trap water when not in use should be turned over. People are encouraged to wear mosquito repellent and cover bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Redding also had a positive mosquito in 2003 and has had a mosquito control program since 1999 aimed at lessening the number of mosquitoes around public grounds, ballfields, and schools.
Mosquitoes are still active into September.
West Nile Virus has also been detected in: Bridgeport, Groton, Milford, Middlefield, New Haven, Norwalk, Shelton, Stamford, Stratford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport.