2 more people diagnosed with West Nile virus in Massachusetts

2 more people diagnosed with West Nile virus in Massachusetts
A field sample of mosquitoes that could carry West Nile Virus is pictured. West Nile can be transmitted from infected birds, squirrels, and other animals to humans and animals such as horses through several varieties of female mosquitoes. The disease first appeared in the United States in 1999 in New York and killed hundreds of people during its westward expansion before gaining a firm foothold in California in 2004. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, another virus is affecting people in parts of the U.S.

Cases of the West Nile virus were first reported in the country in 1999. A record 9,862 cases were reported in 2003, and another surge in 2012 showed 5,674 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2020, the CDC has reported only 63 cases of the virus across the nation as of Tuesday.

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But two more cases in Massachusetts were reported Friday, according to WFXT-TV.

From 1999 to 2018, California and Texas reported the highest total infections of the virus. And so far this year, California leads again but with only 26 cases. Florida ranks second with nine reported cases.

West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported in at least 14 states as of this week.

The virus is most commonly transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The insects become infected themselves when they bite infected birds.

Read more on the West Nile virus here from the CDC.