BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM)-- Massachusetts state health officials say it is a record year for human West Nile virus cases in the Commonwealth. 9 recent cases have brought this year's total to 38, besting the previous record of 33 from 2012. Last year, only 6 people contracted the illness statewide.
Of those infected, 2 are still in the hospital, 6 have been released, and one was not hospitalized. The ages of the new victims range from the 30's to the 80's. They reside in numerous counties including Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Barnstable and Franklin. West Nile is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and authorities say while it may be getting colder, you still need to use mosquito repellent, and wear long sleeves.