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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Man, 81, infected with West Nile Virus
By Globe Staff
An 81-year-old man from Missouri may be the first person in Massachusetts to be stricken this year with West Nile Virus, though health officials say he was likely infected in his home state.
The man, whose name was not released, traveled from Missouri to Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 5 and became ill six days later.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the man was most likely exposed to the virus in Missouri, where there have been five reported cases this year. It is possible, however, that he was exposed in Massachusetts.