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2nd Greenwich Resident Sickened By West Nile Virus

GREENWICH, Conn. — A second Greenwich resident has tested positive with West Nile virus this summer.

A resident between age 60 and 69 became ill in August with flu-like symptoms but was not hospitalized, the town reported on its website.

A resident between age 70 and 79 was hospitalized earlier in the summer. Neither residents' name or gender was released.

“Thus far, mosquitoes infected with the virus have only been isolated from the mosquito collection site located in the Old Greenwich/Riverside area," said Caroline Baisley, Greenwich's health director. "Therefore, all residents in these areas must apply personal protection to avoid mosquito bites when outdoors, especially before dawn and dusk.”

The highest risk of exposure is in August and September. Symptoms of West Nile virus occur suddenly between five and 15 days after a person is bitten. Symptoms include: fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, malaise and eye pain, rapid onset of severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, severe muscle weakness, gastrointestinal symptoms, coma or death.

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