The Connecticut Department of Public Health last week announced that a resident of Fairfield and a resident of Newington tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. These are the first two human cases of WNV-associated illness identified in Connecticut this season.
The patients, who are between 60 and 79 years of age, became ill during the last week of July with encephalitis, were hospitalized, and are recovering. One remains hospitalized. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of antibodies to West Nile virus. They had not traveled out of the state before becoming ill.