BOSTON (CBS) – There are now 36 communities at risk of Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts.
The total number of at-risk cities was raised on Friday after two more people were diagnosed with the disease – a 5-year-old Sudbury girl who is critically ill and a woman in her 60s from Northborough. A Fairhaven woman died last month from EEE.
Check: Map of Communities at Risk
The Department of Public Health also listed 42 high risk EEE communities and 115 moderate risk communities.
The last time Massachusetts had 7 cases with people was in 2012.
Read: EEE Fact Sheet
health care said the best way to protect yourself is to wear a bug spray, drain standing water near your home, and go inside at night and dawn. The risk of EEE won't really disappear until the first cold kills the mosquito population.
For more information on how to protect yourself, visit the DPH website.