Massachusetts health officials announced four new human cases of West Nile virus this week, bringing the state’s total to seven this year.
Three males and one female were infected, officials said. One male in his 40s, one in his 60s and one in his 80s were all exposed to the virus in Middlesex County. The fourth case was reported in a woman under the age of 19. It was exhibited in Bristol County, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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Their conditions have not been clarified.
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A small percentage of people infected with West Nile virus – about 1 in 5 – develop fever and may also experience headaches, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash, among other side effects. Even rarer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 150 people infected with mosquito-related disease can develop a serious disease, such as inflammation of the spinal cord or brain.
The Mayo Clinic warns older people, as well as those with pre-existing medical conditions, are more susceptible to the virus.
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Wearing insect repellants and protective clothing, as well as draining standing water around gardens and homes where mosquitoes may lay their eggs, can be helpful in reducing the risk of getting a mosquito bite, ultimately mitigating the risk of developing the West Nile virus.
This year, the Bay State reported seven human cases of West Nile virus. In 2019, the state saw five.