Mass Department of Public Health to Begin Aerial Spraying to Combat EEE

FALMOUTH–The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced earlier this week that they will begin aerial spraying in some communities where mosquitoes with the EEE virus were found. The spraying is set to start Thursday, and will continue over multiple nights.

The EEE virus is rare, but can potentially be fatal. The virus was detected in over 20 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts. To this point, no human cases have been detected in Massachusetts this year; the last human case of EEE in the state was in 2013.

State representatives are urging the public to take proper steps for protection against EEE, including wearing long sleeves and pants, applying insect repellent, and installing screens in doors and windows.

EEE was discovered in Falmouth, but there will be no spraying in the town.

For any questions on the aerial spraying, call the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources at 617-626-1700. For updates on the EEE virus and aerial spraying, visit

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