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testing mosquito samples

A man wearing rubber gloves and a clean lab gown sits at a metal bench where several clear vials are housed behind a pane of glass. In his left hand he holds one vial while in his right hand he holds a pipette.

Effective mosquito control for preventing diseases like West Nile virus relies on gathering information on the viral infection status of mosquitoes in numerous areas. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station runs such a viral surveillance program, which involves capturing and testing mosquitoes from 108 sites throughout the state. Here, a CAES researcher tests mosquito samples for signs of viral infection. (Photo courtesy of Joseph R. McMillan, Ph.D.)

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