BOSTON, MA (24/7 NewsSource) -- There's a 25th confirmed case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts. The most recent is a man in his 70s in Hampshire County who is hospitalized.
Despite the arrival of cooler temperatures, the state Department of Public Health says the risk of bites from infected mosquitoes will continue until the first hard frost.
“Even though we will soon head into October, we continue to notify the public of West Nile virus so people will continue taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “This latest case is a bit unusual in that most of our cases have been from urban areas and this man is from Hampshire County, where cases of WNV are not seen as often.”
To learn more, or to see all WNV and EEE positive results, visit the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or call the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.