9 new human related West Nile virus cases reported in Massachusetts

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Nine new cases of the West Nile virus has been reported in Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health announced Friday.

According to state health officials, the following cases include:

  • Woman in her 80s from Essex County who is hospitalized
  • Man in his 70s from Barnstable County who was hospitalized
  • Woman in her 60s from Middlesex County who was hospitalized
  • Man in his 60s from Essex County who was not hospitalized
  • Woman in her 30s from Middlesex County who was hospitalized
  • Woman in her 40s from Essex County who was hospitalized
  • Man in his 50s from Middlesex County who was hospitalized
  • Man in his 50s from Suffolk County who is hospitalized
  • Man in his 70s from Franklin County who was hospitalized

This brings the total number of human reported West Nile virus cases to 38 for the year 2018.

The health department said this year is the highest number of cases the state has ever recorded in a year alone.

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In 2012, 33 cases of the West Nile virus was reported and in 2017, there were six human cases of the virus in Massachusetts.

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