Massachusetts health officials have raised the threat level for West Nile Virus in the greater Springfield area after another case of the mosquito born disease was confirmed. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports
The threat level in the city of Chicopee was raised to critical after officials said a case of West Nile Virus was confirmed in a horse. Last week, a 69 year old Chicopee man contracted the virus. He is expected to survive. Health officials elevated the threat level to high in Springfield and its suburbs as Massachusetts is on pace to record the highest number of mosquito pools with the virus since West Nile was first detected in the state a dozen years ago. There have been nine human cases, including one in Hampden County and one in Berkshire County.