BOSTON (WWLP) - The first human case of West Nile Virus of the year in Massachusetts has been confirmed by state health officials.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a man in his 70s was recently diagnosed with the disease and remains hospitalized, but is recovering.
The man’s identity and hometown have not been revealed, but the DPH says that he is a resident of Plymouth County. They are currently investigating just where he was most likely infected.
West Nile Virus can cause fever and flu-like symptoms, particularly in elderly patients. It can cause serious illness, but is rarely deadly.
There were 33 confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts last year.