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BOSTON (WLNE) – The fifth human case of EEE this year has been found in Massachusetts.

In a press release on Thursday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that a man in his 70’s from Middlesex County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

In addition to the five human cases, nine confirmed cases of EEE have been found in animals this year.

Currently there are 32 communities in Massachusetts at critical risk for the virus.

Officials are urging people to continue to be very careful to avoid mosquito bites, even if the summer is cooling down.

“Even as the weather begins to cool, it remains critically important that people take steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.

For a list of ways to avoid mosquito bites, visit the department of health’s website here.

WLNE-TV / ABC6 2019