Milford resident tests positive for West Nile virus - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Milford resident tests positive for West Nile virus

Posted: Updated:
(CDC photo) (CDC photo)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Milford resident was the first person in Connecticut this year to test positive for West Nile virus. 

An unidentified resident, between 70-79 years old, tested positive for the virus. The positive results came after the person became sick in the fourth week of August, officials with the Connecticut Department of Public Health said.

DPH said tests confirmed the presence of antibodies for West Nile virus.

"The identification of a Connecticut resident with West Nile virus associated illness that required hospitalization underscores the potential seriousness of infection. These mosquitoes are most abundant in urban and suburban areas with dense human populations,” Department of Public Health Commissioner  Dr. Raul Pino said in a statement on Tuesday. 

This Milford resident did not travel outside of Connecticut before becoming sick. The patient is still being treated at a hospital in Connecticut. 

On Aug. 15, mosquitoes in Milford tested positive for West Nile virus

Pino advised residents to use insect repellent, cover bare skin and avoid being outdoors during the hours of dusk and dawn as well as removing standing water that has collected around your property. 

"The way people get infected is through the bite of a mosquito, so again all residents should be taking precautions to prevent from mosquito bites," Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph said. 

DPH said West Nile virus has been detected in the state every year since 1999. There were 10 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in humans in 2015 including one case in Milford.

In 2016, so far, Mosquitoes in 12 cities and towns in Connecticut tested positive for West Nile virus. In 2015, West Nile mosquitoes were collected in 24 cities and and towns.

“We continue to have weather conditions that are favorable for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus,” said Dr. Philip Armstrong,  who is a medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. 

The state lab, which traps and tests mosquitoes, typically collects the traps every ten days. But in cities and towns that have tested positive for West Nile that's been moved up to twice a week. 

Stay with Eyewitness News on air and online for updates. 

Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.