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Two Park City residents have West Nile, officials say

September 20, 2018

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Public Health on Thursday announced that four more Connecticut residents who have tested positive for West Nile virus infection, bringing the total for this season to ten human WNV cases.

Two of the patients are from Bridgeport, one is from Durham, and one is from Southington.

The four patients range in age from 50 to over 70, and three of the four required hospitalization. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of WNV antibodies in all four patients.

The Bridgeport and Durham patients became ill in mid to late August, and the Southington patient became ill in the second week of September, officials said.

In August, health officials announced that there were two confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Connecticut, one of whom was a Fairfield resident and the other one was from Newington.

Between 2000 and 2009 there were 69 confirmed human cases of West Nile in the state and three deaths according to state health officials. From 2010 to 2017 there were 65 cases and no deaths. And statistically in Connecticut, the three worst weeks for the disease are the last two weeks of August and the first week of September.

Since 2000, the worst year for the virus was 2012, with 21 cases.

Officials are urging residents to limit their exposure to mosquitoes by using a repellent when outdoors, keeping insect screens in good repair, removing standing pools of water and staying indoors around dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

jburgeson@ctpost.com

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