Stamford woman is state’s second human West Nile case


A Stamford woman in her 80s is the second person in the state to get West Nile Virus, the state Department of Public Health reported Friday.
The woman likely contracted the mosquito-borne illness the third week of August. She was hospitalized, but has been released, said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, chief medical entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
Last week, the state announced its first West Nile case of the season, in a Stratford man in his 60s. The number of towns with West Nile-positive mosquitoes also has grown since last week, from 16 to 20. But Andreadis said this is still a far more quiet West Nile season than last year’s, when there were 21 people afflicted with the disease.
“(The virus) is expanding, but ever so slowly,” he said. “I’m not anticipating any major expansion.

Amanda Cuda