West Nile virus possibility raised to top in 27 Mass. communities

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“While we advise everyone to take steps to avoid mosquito bites, this is especially important if you are over the age of 50 or have an immune compromising condition.”

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Four people and one animal had been recognized with West Nile virus in Massachusetts. REUTERS / James Gathany / CDC / Handout, File

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health introduced an larger top possibility of West Nile virus an infection in 27 communities, after the invention of 4 human circumstances and one animal case within the state.

“Based on the occurrence of both animal and human cases, above-average populations of the Culex mosquitoes that carry [West Nile virus], recent rainfall, and continued weather favorable for mosquito activity, the WNV risk level is being raised in 27 communities from moderate to high,” the state wrote in a commentary on Friday.

The 4 human circumstances — the primary circumstances of the 12 months in Massachusetts — had been introduced closing week. An alpaca in Middlesex County used to be additionally recognized with WNV, in keeping with the commentary.

The WNV possibility larger from average to top possibility in 27 other communities throughout 4 counties. The state additionally created a map highlighting the affected spaces.

The cities come with Lynnfield and Saugus, in Essex County; Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester, and Woburn in Middlesex County; Brookline in Norfolk County; and Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop in Suffolk County.

WNV, which is usually shriveled via people and animals from mosquito bites, can provide other folks flu-like signs and serious sickness in uncommon circumstances. However, the dep. wrote many of us don’t get any signs.

“September is the month when we are most likely to see people get infected with West Nile virus,” appearing Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke mentioned in a commentary. “While we advise everyone to take steps to avoid mosquito bites, this is especially important if you are over the age of 50 or have an immune compromising condition. It is also important to know that as overnight temperatures get cooler, mosquito activity right around dusk and dawn may be more intense.”




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