(WTNH) – Two Connecticut residents have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced on Friday that a resident of Fairfield and a resident of Newington have both tested positive for West Nile virus infection.
These are the first two human cases identified in the state this season.
According to the DPH, the patients are between 60-79 years of age and became ill during the last week of July with encephalitis. One patient still remains hospitalized.
The DPH says that laboratory tests confirmed the presence of antibodies to West Nile virus and the patients did not travel out of the state before becoming ill.
“We continue to have weather conditions that are favorable for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus,” said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment station (CAES). “These mosquitoes are most abundant in urban and suburban areas with dense human populations.”
For information on West Nile virus and how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito.