Health Dept. verifies first 2003 case of West Nile in southwestern CT

(09/17/03) FAIRFIELD - The state health department verified the first case of human West Nile virus in southwestern Connecticut on Wednesday. The victim is a Fairfield man in his 50s.

The man is being treated at Bridgeport hospital. Doctors say the illness is not life threatening. State health department officials say the man contracted the virus in Connecticut, and they urge people to take precautions against the virus. Town of Fairfield workers continue to spread larvacide in hopes to prevent future cases.

So far, six people in Connecticut have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus.

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