Second human case of West Nile virus in Mass. reported this year

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said a second human case of West Nile virus was reported in the state this year. A man in his 70s was exposed to the virus in Suffolk County in an area already known to be at moderate risk, he said. According to health officials, the risk of infection with WNV in humans is moderate to high in the Greater Boston area. “As a result of this new finding, the risk level for Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville is being raised from moderate to high,” the DPH said Friday. Last week, a woman in her 70s in Suffolk County was diagnosed with West Nile virus. By 2021, 11 human cases of West Nile virus infection had been identified in Massachusetts. West Nile virus is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While the West Nile virus can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at greater risk of serious illness. Most people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. When present, West Nile virus symptoms usually include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more serious illnesses can occur. No cases of eastern equine encephalitis in humans or animals have been identified so far this year. Video below: West Nile survivor shares his story

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said a second human case of West Nile virus was reported in the state this year.

A man in his 70s was exposed to the virus in Suffolk County in an area already known to be at moderate risk, health officials said.

According to health officials, the risk of infection with WNV in humans is moderate to high in the Greater Boston area.

“As a result of this new finding, the risk level for Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville is being raised from moderate to high,” the DPH said Friday.

Last week, a woman in her 70s in Suffolk County was diagnosed with West Nile virus.

By 2021, 11 human cases of West Nile virus infection had been identified in Massachusetts.

West Nile virus is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While the West Nile virus can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at greater risk of serious illness.

Most people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. When present, West Nile virus symptoms usually include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more serious illnesses can occur.

No cases of eastern equine encephalitis in humans or animals have been identified so far this year.

Video below: West Nile survivor shares his story

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