MILFORD >> The state Department of Public Health has reported a case of West Nile virus infection in the city.

The patient is a resident, 70-79 years old, who became ill in the fourth week of August with encephalitis and remains hospitalized.

“This is the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Milford. West Nile virus has been identified in mosquitoes in several Connecticut localities,” said city Health Director Deepa D. Joseph.

“The Milford Health Department began implementing our Mosquito Control Program in April and will continue to do so through October,” Joseph said.

The program focuses on preventive efforts through mosquito-breeding site reduction, especially in densely populated areas, and education about personal protection.

“Now that we are well into summer it’s important for everyone in the community to take a few minutes to walk around their own property to check for containers that can collect water and in turn breed mosquitoes and take measures to protect against mosquito bites,” said Joseph.

The mosquito control program in Milford started in April with monitoring of the wetlands habitats and larviciding continues throughout the city.

The Health Department reminds residents to follow the 3 D's for protection:

• Drain or dump any standing water that may produce mosquitoes, including in ceramic pots, used tires, tree holes and other cavities in plants.

• Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. When practical, wear long sleeves and pants.

• Defend against mosquito bites by using a mosquito repellent that has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, such as DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

For additional prevention tips or more information, visit the Milford Health Department website at http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/environmental-health-division/pages/mosquito-control.

To report unusual numbers of mosquitoes, contact the Health Department at 203-783-3287.