MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Mass. ̵
A South Beach woman died of a rare mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus last month.
The State Department of Public Health confirmed that a fifth person was diagnosed with EEE in the Community.
In total, there are now 32 critical-risk communities, 39 high-risk communities and 121 moderate-risk EEE viruses in Massachusetts. Ashland, Hopedale and Milford have been raised to a critical level since being diagnosed with men, while Bellingham, Blackstone and Millville are already in the high-risk area.
The Department of Public Health has identified the fourth victim diagnosed with the virus as a woman over 50 from southern Bristol.
According to DPH, the virus was detected in 333 mosquito samples this year, many of which are capable of spreading the virus to humans.
The first case of EEE confirmed in a person this year is in early August, when a man over 60 years of age from Plymouth County was diagnosed. A second person was also diagnosed in Grafton earlier in August, while a third person in Franklin County was diagnosed with EEE last week.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health conducts mosquito repellent spraying in communities considered as high risk for EEE.  Related: How Does the EEE Threat Affect Local School Sports?
Everyone is urged to follow the five D of mosquito control:
- Sumk – Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active  Dawn – do not go outside when light changes in the sky
- DEET – Use repellents containing it
- Dress – Cover exposed skin to block mosquitoes
- Leakage – Discard standing water so mosquitoes cannot breed
Public health officials say peak time is mosquito bite extends through September here in Massachusetts. The risk persists through the first solid frost, which averages more than a month.
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