The first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported.
According to the state Department of Public Health, the patients are residents of Fairfield and Newington.
Both tested positive for the West Nile infection.
The DPH said they were the first two human cases of the Connecticut season.
The patients, who are between 60-79 years of age, became ill during the last week of July with encephalitis, were hospitalized, and are recovering.
One remains hospitalized.
“It takes 2-6 days to become ill with West Nile virus so when you get bitten by the mosquitoes typically takes 2-6 days to get sick," said Dr. Matthew Cartter, chief Epidemiologist of the state's Dept. of Health.
Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of antibodies to WNV. The patients did not travel out of the state before becoming ill.
It's also not known if the people were bitten in their respective towns.
Anyone concerned about mosquitoes should avoid being out at dawn and dusk. Experts called that prime mosquito time.
They also recommended keeping your skin covered.
He added that while most people do not become ill if they are bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile, older people are more at risk.
The doctor also saying babies are less likely than other age groups to be out at dawn and dusk, the prime time to get bitten.
He recommends using bug sprays with Deet, but there are other options like lemon eucalyptus oil that combat West Nile mosquitoes.
Also, always remember to spray it on your skin so there is a moist coating and rub it in like sunscreen to get it onto your skin.
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