Third case of West Nile virus confirmed in a human in Mass.
A Berkshire County woman is the third person to be diagnosed with West Nile Virus in Massachusetts this year.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said the woman, who is in her 70s, was hospitalized and was expected to be released soon.
In response to the diagnosis, the West Nile Virus risk level has been elevated to "moderate" for the towns of Dalton, Hancock, Lanesborough, Lenox, Richmond and Washington. The risk level has been raised to "high" for the city of Pittsfield.
Health officials said that most people infected with WNV experience no symptoms. When present, however, they tend to include fever and flu-like symptoms.
On Thursday, health officials announced that a Cambridge man in his 70s was the second person to contract the virus in Massachusetts. Another Cambridge man was the first person to get the virus in 2012.