West Nile Virus detected in MA mosquito sample

Take precautions to minimize your risk

CLINTON, Mass. (WWLP) – West Nile Virus has been detected in Massachusetts for the first time this season.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that West Nile was confirmed in a mosquito sample taken July 3 in the Worcester County town of Clinton.

West Nile Virus is typically spread from mosquitoes to humans. Most people infected with the disease exhibit no symptoms, but some do develop flu-like symptoms, and a few develop a more severe illness. There were eight confirmed human cases of WNV in Massachusetts last year.

State health officials remind you to reduce your risk of infection by applying insect repellent, wearing clothing that covers your body, and dumping any standing water that may attract mosquitoes.

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