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Greenwich Lifts Outdoor Activity Ban As Mosquito Population Dwindles

Mosquitoes (file / credit: PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/GettyImages)

Mosquitoes (file / credit: PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/GettyImages)

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GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - The threat of West Nile Virus is diminishing in these cooler temperatures.

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The town of Greenwich has lifted its ban on outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, the times during the hot weather when mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus are most apt to bite.

State Entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis says the cool temperatures have diminished the threat.

“We’re collecting very, very few mosquitoes in our traps that we’re setting around the state and we haven’t detected any virus in mosquitoes since the week for September 12th. So, it is pretty much over,” he said.

But it was a record season in Connecticut for the virus. In all, 18 cases were diagnosed. That’s more than twice the usual number and Andreadis says if we have a mild winter, a wet spring, topped by oppressive heat, we could see another busy summer next year.

The West Nile season will officially end with the first frost.