Wednesday, October 7, 2015

West Nile virus identified in a New Haven resident

A human case of West Nile virus has been identified in New Haven, and it is among eight cases in Connecticut so far this year, the State Mosquito Management Program announced Wednesday.

Six of the cases are Bridgeport residents, which health officials say is an unusual number for a single community. The other two patients include a Shelton resident and the New Haven resident, according to a press release from the state Department of Public Health.

All eight are adults ranging in age from 30 to 90, the release said. Seven patients were hospitalized and one remains in the hospital.

West Nile-infected mosquitoes have been found in 11 different towns and cities across the state since July 20 and the most recent discovery was in East Haven on Sept. 29.

Although health officials said the risk of being exposed to the disease subsides in October because of colder temperatures killing off most mosquitoes, they urge everyone to wear pants and long-sleeved shirts when outside for long periods of time.

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