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Mosquitoes In 2 Bay State Cities Test Positive For West Nile

SEEKONK, MA (AP) — Officials say two cities have mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus.

The city of New Bedford and town of Seekonk announced Tuesday that the virus was detected in mosquito samples.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently also announced positive tests from Falmouth, Barnstable, Dennis, Bourne, and … Read the full report at boston.cbslocal.com.

First human case of West Nile virus confirmed in N.J.

Spencer Kent for NJ.com – Officials have confirmed the year’s first human case of West Nile virus in New Jersey, with two other potential cases still under investigation.

A 74-year-old Hunterdon County man recently tested positive for West Nile after displaying symptoms late last month, the New Jersey Department of Health said.

The news comes amid a mosquito season that is already vastly outpacing last year’s season in New Jersey.

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Between July 8 and July 28, a record number of 195 mosquito pools — a collection of trapped mosquitoes — tested positive for West Nile virus in the state, double the amount during the same time last year.

So far this year 284 mosquito pools in 20 counties have tested positive for West Nile, compared to only 192 in all of 2017, according to the state Department of Health’s vector-borne surveillance tracker. Only Passaic County has not had a mosquito pool test positive for the virus.

West Nile virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to animals, birds, and humans.

Symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness, and paralysis.

For more information on West Nile virus in New Jersey, visit NJ.gov/DEP. Read the full story at NJ.COM.

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