four Middlesex Communities Categorized As Excessive Threat For West Nile Virus – CBS dangolka

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dangolka (AP) — 4 communities in Middlesex County at the moment are thought-about excessive danger for the West Nile virus, well being officers mentioned.
The Massachusetts Division of Public Well being introduced 4 extra human circumstances of the West Nile virus, bringing the full quantity within the state this 12 months to seven. All 4 individuals have been uncovered in Middlesex County, officers mentioned.
The well being division mentioned Cambridge, Newton, Somerville and Watertown have been elevated to excessive danger for the mosquito-borne illness.
Harmony, Lexington, Lincoln, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland, Weston, and Winchester, that are additionally in Middlesex County, at the moment are thought-about average danger. Dighton, Fall River, and Swansea in Bristol County are additionally average danger.
There have been 5 human circumstances of West Nile virus an infection in Massachusetts final 12 months.
The well being division says most individuals with West Nile Virus don’t have any signs, which might embrace fever and flu-like sickness. Folks over the age of 50 are at a better danger for severe sickness.
Well being officers are encouraging residents to take precautions, equivalent to carrying mosquito repellent and carrying lengthy sleeves and lengthy pants when outside and draining standing water round properties, the place mosquitoes breed.
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