BOSTON (AP) – Public health officials say a third case of a potentially lethal mosquito encephalitis virus has been confirmed in Massachusetts. a man over 60 who was exposed to the virus in Franklin County.
The level of risk in the Franklin County community in Heath and Corain has been raised to a critical result. Mendon Horse and Uxbridge Horse have also tested positive for EEE, raising the risk level to critical in these cities.
Earlier this month, a Plymouth County man became the first Massachusetts resident to test positive for EEE since 2013.
Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel says the state is monitoring "the most intense activity in the area of EEE 'for years.