Connecticut well being officers are cautioning southeastern space state residents over the possibly lethal mosquito-borne japanese equine encephalitis (EEE) virus after detecting virus-positive mosquitoes.

According to the state well being division, mosquitoes trapped within the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown examined constructive for the EEE virus, marking Connecticut’s first EEE-positive mosquitoes of the 12 months, per a launch posted Monday.

“We encourage residents of southeastern Connecticut to take simple measures such as wearing mosquito repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active,” DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD, stated in a press release. “While the detection of EEE virus is of concern, it is important to remember that we do not expect to see a lot of mosquito activity in the month of October.”

EEE sickness is uncommon however severe, well being officers wrote, including that mosquitoes turn out to be contaminated by feeding on contaminated wild birds. The virus is most frequently detected amongst bird-biting mosquitoes however in some circumstances it may be transmitted to mosquito species biting folks and horses, the discharge reads.

EEE can’t be transmitted from person-to-person or from horses to people, officers stated, including that the danger of contracting a mosquito-borne illness like EEE usually climbs via the late summer time and early fall, with mosquito exercise seen till the primary heavy frost.

EEE an infection could cause extreme sickness affecting the mind and signs embrace excessive fever, headache, stiff neck, and decreased consciousness, with 25-50% of circumstances leading to loss of life, although recovered people will face persisting well being points, well being officers stated.

To lower down the danger of an infection, residents had been suggested to move indoors throughout every day peak mosquito exercise, from nightfall to daybreak, restore door and window screens, put on protecting clothes like lengthy pants and a long-sleeved shirt and use mosquito repellent whereas outdoor. Click here for extra data.