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EEE detected in MA mosquitoes

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 By Jennifer Petracca

The Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH) announced today that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year.

Samples were collected on July 15th in the town of Bridgewater in Plymouth County.

The finding raises the risk level in the town of Bridgewater to moderate, which is a routine risk level change and does not include a recommendation of avoiding evening outdoor events—but reducing mosquito exposure is recommended.

West Bridgewater, Easton, Raynham, and Middleborough are already at moderate level based on last year’s EEE activity.

The DPH wants to remind residents of the area to cover up and apply insect repellent when outdoors.

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) or EEE so far this year, compared to one case of EEE acquired by a MA resident.

EEE is a serious disease in all ages and can even cause death.

The DPH urges that people protect themselves and their pets by eliminating standing water by draining or discarding items that hold water, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

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