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Two More Connecticut Residents Catch West Nile

Three people in Connecticut have contracted the infection this year. Nationally, it has been a very busy season with many cases of the West Nile virus reported.

 

The most recent human cases of West Nile virus are residents of Bridgeport and Stamford, both between the ages of 50-59. The Stamford resident became ill during the first week of August. The Bridgeport resident became ill during the second week of July. Both were hospitalized for encephalitis.

“August is when people are usually infected with West Nile virus in Connecticut," said Dr. Jewel Mullen, commissioner of the state Department of Public Health. "While most people do not become severely ill from West Nile virus, people over the age of 50 are more likely to become ill and develop serious symptoms when infected.”

The Centers for Disease Control say the West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, . The most cases have been reported since the infection was first found in the U.S. in 1999.

Commissioner Mullen added that, so far this year, West Nile virus activity in the state is a couple of weeks earlier than usual but otherwise within the range of what has been identified in Connecticut over the past decade. Nationally, the 1,118 cases reported thus far represent the highest number of cases reported through the third week in August. Nearly half have been reported from east Texas.

Last year, there were nine reported cases of the infection in Connecticut residents and infected mosquitoes identified in 30 towns. So far this season, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has identified West Nile virus positive mosquitoes in 41 Connecticut towns. 

For information on West Nile virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito.

 This story is based on a press release.

Dave August 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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Glen K Dunbar August 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I agree Dave. Who cares?? Let us worry about something important.
SteveObs August 27, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Word
Heywood Smith August 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM
West Nile news is important. August is the worst month, and there is a great deal of standing water in CT in general, and the New Canaan area in particular. This is LOCAL news I can't find out about from the WSJ, FT, NYT, Fiscal Times, or on Meet the Press. Unless it becomes an epidemic. Patch, please continue to monitor and update as developments occur. Thanks.
Glen K Dunbar August 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Well I agree w/you very much Heywood. New Canaan gets a ton or rain normally. Another reason I "love" this town so much Glen
NCNewcomer August 30, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I have wetlands (small pond/marsh) on my property with standing water. Does anyone know if there's a service in the town of New Canaan that will test for the presence of mosquitos carrying West Nile virus?

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