Mass. reports human WNV case, NH reports human EEE case


BOSTON ( - Massachusetts health officials reported the state's first human case of West Nile Virus this year Friday, just before N.H. officials announced the first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The WNV patient is described only as a man in his 60s who lives in Middlesex County. Officials say the man remains hospitalized, but is recovering. The Department of Public Health said in a statement on Friday that the diagnosis of West Nile was confirmed by testing at the Hinton state lab in Boston. Officials say they are trying to determine when the man was most likely to have been exposed to mosquitoes infected with the virus.

There were eight confirmed cases of West Nile among Massachusetts residents last year, none of them fatal. Symptoms can include fever or flu-like illnesses.

Another announcement was made by Granite State officials that same day, reporting the first case of EEE in an adult in Conway. The last human case of EEE in an N.H. resident was found in 2009.