First human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Hamilton

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A spokesperson for the departments says they learned that the resident who had been hospitalized after contracting the virus has died from complications of the illness.

State officials are reporting the first three confirmed human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile Virus in MA this year.

Those 11 communities are Arlington, Boston, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Newton, Somerville and Watertown.

Three other human cases were reported Friday.

"Several individuals from the same area have developed West Nile virus", said Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel.

So far this year, human cases have been reported in Adams (2), Calhoun (2), Copiah, Forrest (2), Harrison (1), Hinds (10), Itawamba, Jones, Madison, Marion, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Walthall and Washington counties.

People at high risk for severe illness are encouraged to consider avoiding outdoor activity at dusk and dawn.

The health unit is advising people wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and closed-toe shoes in order to prevent bites.

"Only about 20 percent of the people infected will notice symptoms that may include headache, body aches, joint pains and fatigue", according to KCHD press release.

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