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BOSTON (WLNE) – Two new human cases of the EEE virus have been confirmed in Massachusetts.

In a press release made on Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, it was announced that the most recent two people infected are a woman in her 60’s from Worcester County and a female under the age of 18 in Middlesex County.

This brings total number of human cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Massachusetts this year to 7.

Although the summer is cooling down, officials are urging people to continue being cautious of mosquito bites.

“Even though temperatures have cooled off, it is not unusual to see human EEE cases confirmed in September,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.

“This is why we continue to urge the public to take seriously the threat that mosquito’s can pose and to take steps to avoid being bitten.”

For a list of ways to help protect yourself from mosquito bites visit by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s website.

WLNE-TV / ABC6 2019