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Connecticut Officials Confirm Case of West Nile Virus

Connecticut officials say a New Haven resident has been infected with the first human case of West Nile virus in the state this year. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The State Mosquito Management Program says the person became ill during the first week of August and was hospitalized with a related case of meningitis. The patient who is in their 30s has since been released from the hospital.

Officials say mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in 40 towns across Connecticut his summer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most infected people show no symptoms. But one in 150 patients becomes sick with symptoms that can include paralysis and coma.

Health officials recommend using insect repellent and draining standing water, where mosquitoes breed

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Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.
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