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State Health Officials Announce First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts

Residents urged to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

BOSTON – September 8, 2017 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The patient is a resident of Bristol County in his 50s who was confirmed with WNV by testing completed today by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. The patient remains hospitalized. (More information)

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Public Health Advisory - Opiate Overdose

The City of Worcester Division of Public Health is concerned about an increase in deaths related to opiate overdoses in recent days. Preliminary testing indicates that contaminated heroin may be available on the streets. If you witness a suspected drug overdose please call 9-1-1 immediately.


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