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Human West Nile Case Confirmed

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut public health officials say a Stamford resident is the first in the state to test positive for West Nile virus infection.

The Department of Public Health also said Wednesday that mosquitoes trapped by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station between Aug. 15 and 22 have tested positive for the virus in four new municipalities this year: Hartford, Meriden, North Haven and Tolland.

Dr. Matthew Cartter, state epidemiologist at the Department of Public Health, said most people do not become severely ill from West Nile virus, but those older than 50 are more likely to become ill and develop serious symptoms when infected.

State officials say a Stamford resident, between 60 and 69, became ill during the third week of August. The patient was hospitalized with encephalitis and has been discharged.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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