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2 more Connecticut residents get West Nile virus

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Health officials say a child is among two more Connecticut residents to test positive for West Nile virus, bringing total human cases in the state this year to five.

The Public Health Department said Wednesday that the Newington child became ill with fever and headache earlier this month, but was not hospitalized. The child, between 5 and 10 years old, was the first child in the state to test positive for West Nile virus antibodies this year.

Authorities say the other person was a Monroe resident between 50 and 60 years old who was hospitalized with meningitis earlier this month. Officials say the person remains hospitalized, but is improving.

The three other residents who tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus have recovered.

Officials continue to urge people to take precautions against mosquitoes.

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