West Nile restrictions lifted

With temperatures cooling down, mosquito season is close to over, and as a result the town is lifting restrictions put in place to minimize exposure to West Nile virus.

Last month, the town’s director of health, Caroline Calderone Baisley, called for all facilities, public and private, in the Old Greenwich/Riverside/North Mianus area to observe mandatory restrictions on their hours of outdoor operation for public activities.

According to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, the number of mosquitoes being caught in testing traps has significantly declined and the number of positive mosquitoes being trapped has fallen sharply.

“Although the mosquito season is not officially over … West Nile virus restrictions here in Greenwich can be lifted,” Ms. Baisley said.

“As the number of human cases started to increase between Greenwich and Stamford, it was apparent that additional protective measures needed to be implemented. No one seemed to have a problem with complying with this mandate,” Ms. Baisley said.

“Lifting the restrictions is appropriate now that the season is winding down; however, this does not mean that you cannot get bitten by a mosquito.”

Residents are still encouraged to protect themselves from mosquitoes and to eliminate standing water on their properties.

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