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Second human case of West Nile confirmed

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STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A second person in Connecticut was diagnosed with the West Nile virus last week, according to state officials.

Department of Public Health officials confirmed a Stamford resident, who is between the ages of 80-89, was diagnosed with the virus in the third week of August.

A Stratford resident, who is between the ages of 60 to 69, was also bitten by WNV-infeceted mosquitoes and became sick during late July.

Both patients are still recovering from the virus, but they did not need to be hospitalized, officials said.

Since June 27 WNV-positive mosquitoes have been trapped in the following 20 Connecticut towns:

  • Branford
  • Bridgeport
  • Darien
  • East Haven
  • Fairfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Greenwich
  • Groton
  • Manchester
  • New Haven
  • Norwalk
  • Plainfield
  • Stafford
  • Stamford
  • Stratford
  • Evolution
  • Wallingford
  • Waterford
  • Westport

"Although mosquito populations are declining, we continue to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis viruses in several areas of the state," said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, who is the chief medical entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. "This trend is likely to continue through September."

Officials said people are more likely to get infected with West Nile virus during early August to mid-September and the greatest risk of WNV-positive mosquitoes are in coastal towns.

Health officials are warning Connecticut residents to be careful outside and take the following precautions:

  • Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

For information on West Nile virus and EEE, click the following link, www.ct.gov/mosquito.

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