Record number of West Nile cases in humans reported

Henrietta Strickland
October 8, 2018

State health officials on Friday announced nine new cases of West Nile virus in MA this year, bringing the total number of reported human cases to 38, the highest number ever recorded in the state in a single year.

It is "the highest number of cases MA has ever recorded in a single year", according to a statement from the department.

Elizabeth Ford confirmed Thursday that the woman's death is the first from the virus in the county this year.

The man who fell ill on Cape Cod is in his 70s and was hospitalized, according to state health officials.

Recent data shows five mosquito pools tested positive - two in Cayuga and one in each of Simcoe, Dunnville, and Caledonia.

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Most people infected will not have any symptoms, while others may experience fever, headache and body aches.

"Mosquitoes might still be active, and it remains important for people to use mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves to reduce exposed skin", Bharel is quoted as saying.

The last reported case of someone dying from West Nile virus in the area was back in 2016. There is no vaccine or treatment for West Nile.

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