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Connecticut’s First West Nile Virus Case Of 2013

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(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Connecticut’s first West Nile Virus diagnosis of the summer has been made.

The patient is a Stratford resident in his 60’s.

He was never in the hospital, and he is now recovering.

The timing of the first human infection is typical.

State Medical Entomologist Theodore Andreadis says the illness has been much less widspread this year, than last year.

“The particular mosquitoes that carry this virus, culex pipiens, develops in urban and suburban communities especially in storm drains and catch basins,” Andreadis said.  “Because of the excessive rain we had earlier this summer, these mosquitoes were flushed out of the storm drains, so their populations were dampened.”

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