ATTENTION: Mosquito Tested Positive for EEE in Middlefield --- PSHD Encourages Residents to take Precautions


The State of Connecticut has announced that a mosquito trapped in Middlefield has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  The Plainville Southington Health District (PSHD) encourages residents to protect themselves and their children by taking personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites when outside from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

“The mosquito that tested positive was located at the Durham Meadow test station in Middlefield which borders Durham”, according to Edward Bailey, the First Selectman of Middlefield. “Citizens of Middlefield, Rockfall, Durham and all our surrounding Towns should follow the personal protective measures recommended by our Health District to prevent EEE”.

“Residents should remain vigilant in taking personal precautions against mosquitoes,” said Shane Lockwood, PSHD Director of Health.  “EEE is rare, but if contracted can be serious.”

Mosquitoes remain active until the first heavy frost.  With the warm temperatures lasting into next week, residents are encouraged to take precautions.  Precautions include:

Additional measures residents can take around the home include:

For more information on EEE and mosquito management, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/gen/pre.html.

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The mission of the Plainville Southington Health District is to preserve, protect, promote, and improve the quality of life in a healthy environment through the prevention of disease, ongoing health education opportunities and the enhancement of the well-being of its residents.