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Third case of EEE with people confirmed in Massachusetts, health officials say



A third case of a person with Eastern equine encephalitis was diagnosed in a Massachusetts man, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported. The patient is a man over the age of 60 who was exposed to the virus in northern Franklin County, health officials said. The risk level in two communities in Franklin County has been raised to a critical level. In addition, one Mendon horse and one Uxbridge horse have also tested positive for the EEE virus, raising the risk level to critical in two additional communities in Worcester County, health officials said. The four communities now at critical risk are Heath and Coleraine in Franklin County and Mendon and Uxbridge in Worcester County. Earlier this week, DPH and the Department of Agricultural Resources announced aerial spraying in specific areas of Worcester and Middlesex counties, which were scheduled to begin on Sunday 25 August, allowing time to last several evenings. As a result of the increased risk in several communities, the area of ​​dispersal is widening. The additional communities, partly or wholly in the spray area, are Blackstone, Douglas, Dudley, Holiston, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville, Oxford, Uxbridge and Webster. In addition, MDAR is currently conducting a second round of aerial spraying in Southeastern Massachusetts, which began on August 21

and is expected to continue over the weekend. "We have been monitoring the most intense level of OEE activity we have had in several years. The largest area is in Bristol and Plymouth counties with a second focus of activity in parts of Worcester and Middlesex counties," said Public Health Commissioner Monica Brel, dm , MPH. "We urge people from all over the country to remember that the peak time for transmission of mosquito-borne disease extends to September here in Massachusetts." There are 23 communities in Massachusetts currently at critical risk, 22 at high risk and 52 at moderate risk for EEE.EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE occurs sporadically in Massachusetts, with recent outbreaks occurring from 2004-2006 and 2010-2012. There were 22 cases of EEE infection during these two outbreaks, with 14 occurring among Bristol and Plymouth counties. The EEE virus was detected in 330 mosquito samples this year, many of them mosquitoes capable of spreading the virus to humans.

A third human case of Eastern equine encephalitis has been diagnosed in a Massachusetts man, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported.

The patient is a man over the age of 60 who was exposed to the virus in North Franklin County, health officials said.

The risk level in two communities in Franklin County was raised to a critical result.

In addition, one Mendon horse and one Uxbridge horse also tested positive for the EEE virus, raising the risk level to critical in two additional communities in Worcester County, health officials said.

The four communities now at critical risk are Heath and Coleraine in Franklin County, as well as Mendon and Uxbridge in Worcester County.

Earlier this week, DPH and the Department of Agricultural Resources announced aerial spraying in certain areas of Worcester and Middlesex counties, which were scheduled to begin on Sunday 25 August.

As a result of increased risk in several communities, the spreading area is expanding.

The additional communities, partly or wholly in the spray area, are Blackstone, Douglas, Dudley, Holiston, Hopedale, Mendon, Mevil, Oxford, Uxbridge and Webster.

In addition, MDAR is currently conducting a second round of aerial spraying in Southeastern Massachusetts, which began on August 21 and is expected to continue over the weekend.

"We have been watching the most intense level of EEE activity we have had in several years. The largest area is in Bristol and Plymouth counties with a second focus of activity in parts of Worcester and Middlesex counties, ”said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. "We urge people across the country to remember that peak time for mosquito-borne transmission extends to September here in Massachusetts."

There are 23 communities in Massachusetts in total, which are now in risk, 22 high risk and 52 moderate risk for EEE virus.

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE occurs sporadically in Massachusetts, with recent outbreaks occurring from 2004-2006 and 2010-2012. There were 22 cases of EEE infection during these two outbreaks, with 14 occurring among residents of Bristol and Plymouth counties.

The EEE virus was detected in 330 mosquito samples this year, many of them mosquito species capable of spreading the virus to humans.


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