Two pools of mosquitoes trapped in Beardsley Zoo have tested positive for West Nile virus, making just one of Bridgeport two cities in Connecticut, where the disease has appeared this season. Last month, the Mosquito Control Program of state announced that mosquitoes trapped in Stamford tested positive for West Nile.
There have been no cases in humans, however, and no mosquitoes have tested positive for the dreaded Zika virus that is sweeping the world. “This is not unusual,” said Theodore Andreadis, director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, which oversees the capture and analysis of mosquitoes in the state. “This is more or less what we expected for this time of year.”
A total of approximately 122,000 mosquitoes have been caught and tried in Connecticut this season. Although Andreadis said there has been a significant amount of West Nile detected in Stamford – a total of 11 mosquito pools have tested positive for the disease -. Which has been a relatively mild season so far
“The number of mosquitoes actually decreased somewhat, probably due to the drought,” he said.
that could change, but so far, Connecticut has been relatively immune to the fears of mosquitoes that pervade the nation. Although most of the 1,825 US residents who have contracted Zika has been made during the trip, there have been six cases of locally transmitted disease, contracted Florida.
Florida is the only state with local transmission, although mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika found in Bridgeport and Stratford. To date, 49 Connecticut residents have tested positive for Zika, but all these cases are linked to travel.
Zika virus usually causes fever, rash, or other mild symptoms and, rarely, a crippling neurological disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome. In pregnant women, which has been linked to birth defects microcephaly, in which the baby’s head is smaller than average. Three cases are Connecticut Zika in pregnant women.
Although the disease has just made its way into the United States, West Nile has been here since 1999. The disease often causes no symptoms or a mild illness, but for elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and other vulnerable groups, can cause serious illness.
Meanwhile, an official said Beardsley Zoo is not puzzling that the mosquitoes of West Nile-positive found there. The tourist attraction has been a place of capture mosquitoes for the state since the virus arrived in Connecticut, and these are not the first West Nile mosquitoes to emerge in the area, said director Gregg Dancho.
He said the zoo tries to be alert control your mosquito population, among other things, eliminating puddles of water where mosquitoes can breed standing. “We do a very good job of keeping the mosquito population down around here,” Dancho said. “We are trying to make the best animal care we can for our positions.”