Friday, August 20, 2010
New Haven Resident Tests Positive for West Nile
The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that a New Haven resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection and has been hospitalized.
“We wish this person a speedy recovery from this serious illness,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin. “This case reminds us of how serious West Nile virus can be and how important it is to do what we can to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.”
So far this season, positive mosquitoes have been identified in 12 towns, including Westport. In addition to this confirmed case, there has been one probable case of West Nile virus infection identified this year
The Department of Public Health said the New Haven resident between 60 -69 years of age became ill during the second week of August and is currently hospitalized.
The illness was characterized by fever, headache, and confusion. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of antibodies to WNV. The person spent considerable time outdoors and did not use mosquito repellent, the department said.
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