• 10 new human cases of West Nile virus confirmed in Massachusetts


    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed 10 new human cases of West Nile virus in the state, moving the total number of cases to 24 on the year.

    The new cases, announced in a release on Friday, include three people who are currently hospitalized, five who were hospitalized and two who were never hospitalized.

    Six of the new cases come from Middlesex County, with two from Suffolk County, one in Essex County and one in Norfolk County. 

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    "We've seen four times more West Nile virus human cases this year in the Commonwealth than last year," Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, said. "It is important that we continue to remember that even with the start of fall and its cooler temperatures, mosquito season is not yet over."

    In 2017, there were six human cases of the West Nile virus in Massachusetts.

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