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Pets can be infected with West Nile Virus, too

Humans aren’t the only ones susceptible to West Nile Virus (WNV) — our pets can become infected, too. There’s no vaccine for WNV in pets, but the good news is that infections in dogs and cats are rare and usually not fatal. Also, pets can’t transmit WNV to humans. The only way WNV can be transmitted to humans and pets is through a bite from an infected mosquito.

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New study shows rise in cases of Eastern equine encephalitis among people in Mass.

After many years with no human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Massachusetts, a new study done in the state shows that cases have risen in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EEE is extremely rare in humans and is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. After experiencing flu-like symptoms, the affected person is likely to slip into a coma or have a seizure; many people who survive EEE suffer brain damage as a result.

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