Cambridge Senior Diagnosed with West Nile Virus. See Prevention Tips


8/15/2012

State health officials announced on Aug. 15 that a Cambridge resident in his 60’s had been diagnosed with West Nile virus. The man is currently hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery. He is the first reported human case of West Nile virus this year in Massachusetts. Last year, six Commonwealth residents were diagnosed with the disease, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

The Cambridge Public Health Department is coordinating with the Department of Public Works, Human Service Programs, Inspectional Services, the Cambridge School Department, Harvard and MIT to make sure that we continue to monitor the public health risk and offer guidance on best protective practices for residents and those who attend and participate in outdoor events.  There is no recommendation at this time to change any scheduled events, but we encourage all participants to use protective clothing and insect repellent during outdoor activities around the city.

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