Fourth Human Case Of West Nile Virus Detected In Massachusetts

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - Massachusetts State Health Officials have announced a fourth human case of West Nile Virus and are urging residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The fourth case was found in a male in his 80s who was exposed to the virus in Middlesex County in an area already known to be at increased risk.

The first case was reported in July of this year. In 2021, there were 11 human cases of WNV identified in the state.

The virus is typically transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and can infect people of all ages. People over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with the virus will experience no symptoms, however symptoms can include fever and flu-like illness.

You can protect yourself from WNV by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Apply insect repellent when outdoors, be aware of peak mosquito hours from dawn to dusk, and consider rescheduling outdoor activities planned for evening or early morning hours.

It's also important to mosquito proof your home by draining any standing water where the insects might lay their eggs and make sure to install or repair any screens as needed.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports

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