BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced yesterday, September 10, there are four additional human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the State this year.
This brings the total number of West Nile Virus cases in the Massachusetts to seven.
According to the State’s news release, “as a result of information obtained during case investigations on where the four individuals were exposed to the virus, the communities of Cambridge, Newton, Somerville, and Watertown in Middlesex County were elevated to high risk for WNV.
Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland, Weston, and Winchester, all in Middlesex County, were elevated to moderate risk.
West Nile Virus symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness, and in rare cases, more severe illness can occur.
Information about EEE, WNV, and reports of current and historical mosquito-transmitted virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.