- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Health officials say West Nile virus has been found in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year.

The state Department of Public Health announced Thursday that the infected mosquito was collected July 8 in Sheffield in western Massachusetts.

There have been no human or animal cases of West Nile virus in the state this year. There were six human cases of West Nile virus in the state last year.

West Nile is transmitted to humans and animals by infected mosquitoes. Flu-like symptoms can occur. Less than 1 percent of people infected can develop serious neurological illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Health officials recommend being aware of peak mosquito times in the evenings and early mornings, wearing long pants and long sleeves outdoors and using insect repellant.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide