The Connecticut Mosquito Management Program has announced that a mosquito trapped in Fairfield has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first positive mosquito identified in Fairfield this year by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the state Department of Health Epidemiology Lab.

This year, seven other municipalities, including Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, New Haven, Glastonbury and Plainfield, have also reported WNV positive mosquitoes from July 2 through July 30. In 2012, WNV positive mosquitoes were trapped in a total of 51 municipalities with 21 reported human cases.

No Connecticut residents have been identified with illnesses related to WNV infections this year.

“We Want to encourage residents to reduce their risk of mosquito borne illness by taking the appropriate precautions”, said Sands Cleary, Fairfield’s director of health.

For information on West Nile Virus and how to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit ct.gov/mosquito. Residents may download and print a two-page brochure on WNV from ct.gov/caes.