11th Case of EEE and Fourth Death Confirmed by State Public Health Department

HYANNIS–The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced today than an 11th human case of the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been found. A man from Worcester county tested positive for the virus.

Additionally, an Essex County resident has died from EEE, marking the fourth death from the virus in Massachusetts this year.

Falmouth, Bourne, Plymouth, Truro, and Wellfleet are all at a moderate risk level for EEE. Wareham is at a critical risk.

Officials from the state public health department are urging the public to take caution to prevent the contraction of EEE. Wear insect repellent, as well as long sleeves and pants, when going outside at peak mosquito biting hours from dusk to dawn. Drain standing water and install or repair screens at your home, and keep horses in indoor stalls at night.

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/eee.

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