12th human case of EEE found in Massachusetts

BOSTON (WLNE) – Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) are withdrawing their report that a fourth person died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). 

DPH did however confirm Thursday that a 12th EEE human case has been found in a woman in her 70s from Hampden County who is currently in the hospital.

Health officials say their announcement of a 4th human death from the virus on Wednesday was improperly reported, and the official death count remains at three people in Massachusetts as of Thursday.

One person from West Warwick, Rhode Island, and two people in Connecticut have also died as a result from EEE.

There are 35 communities now at critical risk, 53 at high risk, and 121 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts, according to the DPH.

In Rhode Island, the state’s Department of Environmental Management (DEM) conducted a second round of aerial spraying Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

This second-round of spraying consisted of two zones with one surrounding West Warwick and the other in southwestern Rhode Island.

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