Health officials announced on Thursday that five more people in Connecticut have tested positive for West Nile virus.

These new cases bring the total for this season to 15 human cases of the infection.

Three of the new cases were in residents from Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford, while a fourth patient was from Thompson and the fifth was from Westbrook.

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The ages of the patients range from 40-years-old to older than 70.

“It is very unusual for us to have this many people seriously ill with WNV infection in September” said
DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. “More warm weather is forecast for this weekend and many Connecticut residents will be outdoors enjoying the state’s country fairs, family gatherings, and other events, especially in the early evening when mosquitoes are most active. Please take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. WNV infection is preventable.”

Three of the five patients required hospitalization.