A Stamford resident is the second human case of West Nile virus infection in Connecticut this year.
The resident is between 60 and 69, according to Connecticut Department of Public Healtht. The person became ill the third week of July and was hospitalized the following week with fever and severe muscle weakness.
The person remains hospitalized but is improving, health officials said..
On Thursday, state health officials said a New Haven resident, between 30 and 39, became ill during the first week of August and was hospitalized the following week with meningitis related to the infection.
The New Haven resident has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering, health officials said.
Symptoms of illness from West Nile virus included headache, stiff neck, nausea and muscle weakness.
The City of New Haven Health Department posted tips on protecting yourself on its Web site.
“August and early September is the time of the year when people are at greatest risk of illness associated with West Nile virus infections,” Dr. Randall Nelson, State Public Health Veterinarian with the Department of Public Health, said in a news release. “DPH urges everyone to take the warnings of the risk of mosquito-transmitted illness seriously and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.”
From June 27 to Aug. 8 the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has identified WNV positive mosquitoes in 40 towns: Bethel, Bridgeport, Cheshire, Chester, Danbury, Darien, East Haven, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Hamden, Hartford, Killingworth, Meriden, Milford, Monroe, New Britain, New Canaan, New Haven, Newington, Newtown, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Old Lyme, Shelton, South Windsor, Southington, Stamford, Stratford, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Westport, Wethersfield, and Wilton.
Mosquitoes positive for eastern equine encephalitis were trapped in Chester on Aug. 8.
Between 2000 and 2011, there were 89 human cases in the state and three were fatal.