(WWLP) – A sixth case of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts was announced on Friday.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the sixth case in the state this year. The person was from Middlesex County, and is in his 60s.
The person developed a less severe form of the disease, and was not hospitalized for his illness. He was diagnosed with West Nile Virus by testing completed on Friday by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.
In 2015, there was ten human cases of West Nile Virus infection identified in Massachusetts.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While West Nile Virus can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher rick for severe disease.
Most people infected with West Nile Virus will have no symptoms.