Mass. man contracts West Nile virus
A Middlesex County man in his 60s has been infected with West Nile virus, becoming the first person in Massachusetts this year to be sickened by the mosquito-borne disease, state health officials said Wednesday. The unidentified man was diagnosed with West Nile in late July and remains hospitalized, but is recovering, officials said. Based on the diagnosis, health officials have raised the threat level from West Nile to “moderate” in Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, and Watertown.