New England News
4:25 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Horse Infected With West Nile Virus In Western Massachusetts

  Massachusetts health officials have raised the West Nile Virus threat level to “high” in one western Massachusetts town.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   State health officials said Wednesday that a horse in the town of Ludlow had tested positive for West Nile Virus, prompting the threat level to be raised.  Officials also announced the first human case of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts this year.  A 60 year old man who lives in a community north of Boston.  The threat level in several Boston suburbs was elevated to moderate.  Health officials urged people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.  West  Nile Virus infected mosquitoes have been found in 48 communities in 9 of the states 14 counties so far this year..