Massachusetts Reports Fifth Case of West Nile Virus
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed the fifth case of West Nile Virus in the state, according to the latest report. The infected individual is a man in his 70s who was exposed to the virus in Hampden County.
Authorities have revealed that parts of Berkshire, Hampden, and Hampshire counties are currently at a moderate risk for West Nile Virus. Despite the decreasing mosquito activity due to cooler weather, the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile Virus, will continue until the first hard frost occurs.
This year alone, Massachusetts has reported a total of five human cases of West Nile Virus across various areas of the state. In comparison, eight human cases were reported last year.
West Nile Virus is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, and it largely affects individuals over the age of 50. It first appeared in the United States in 1999 and has since spread across the country. Massachusetts identified the virus in birds and mosquitoes in 2000.
In order to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of West Nile Virus, health officials have provided several tips. These include wearing protective clothing, using repellent with DEET, repairing screens to keep mosquitoes out of homes, scheduling outdoor events away from dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and eliminating standing water around homes, where mosquitoes breed.
As the number of West Nile Virus cases continues to rise in the state, health authorities are urging residents to take these preventive measures seriously. With the virus mainly affecting the older population, it is crucial for individuals to protect themselves against mosquito bites.
For more information and updates on West Nile Virus in Massachusetts, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website. Stay informed and stay safe.
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