3rd Case of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts

BOSTON – The third human case of West Nile Virus was announced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health today, October 11.

A man in his 60s from Middlesex County was exposed to the virus last month, announced the state.

The other two human cases of West Nile Virus was another man in his 60s from Middlesex County and a man in his 50s from Plymouth County.

Symptoms and signs of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes.

Severe symptoms and signs may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.

Symptoms typically appear 3-14 days after bitten by a mosquito.

“We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, in a statement “Although mosquito populations are declining, some risk will continue until the first hard frost.”

A hard frost is when there is 28 degree weather for 4 consecutive hours.

Massachusetts also has had a dozen cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 2019. Framingham is at a critical alert for the threat of EEE.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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