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State Health Officials Announce Second Human Case of West Nile Virus

Ochlerotatus triseriatus mosquito feeding on a human hand. Also known as Aedes triseriatus, and commonly known as the ''treehole mosquito", this species been identified as positive for West Nile virus.
Ochlerotatus triseriatus mosquito feeding on a human hand. Also known as Aedes triseriatus, and commonly known as the ''treehole mosquito", this species been identified as positive for West Nile virus. Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control

Residents urged to continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

Ochlerotatus triseriatus mosquito feeding on a human hand. Also known as Aedes triseriatus, and commonly known as the ''treehole mosquito", this species been identified as positive for West Nile virus. Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control
Ochlerotatus triseriatus mosquito feeding on a human hand. Also known as Aedes triseriatus, and commonly known as the ”treehole mosquito”, this species been identified as positive for West Nile virus.
Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently announced the second human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The patient is a resident of Norfolk County in his 70’s who was diagnosed with WNV by testing completed today by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. The case is currently hospitalized but improving.

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