8th human case of EEE confirmed in Mass., officials say

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The eighth human case of the uncommon and doubtlessly lethal Japanese Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, virus amid this 12 months’s outbreak in Massachusetts has been confirmed, officers mentioned Friday.

The mosquito-borne an infection, which might trigger mind swelling, fever, and coma, was present in a person in his 50s from northeastern Bristol County, the state Division of Public Well being mentioned in a press release.

“Even though it is September, it is still mosquito season,” mentioned Public Well being Commissioner Monica Bharel. “We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

Throughout the state, there are at present 35 communities at crucial threat, 38 at excessive threat, and 120 at reasonable threat for EEE, which took the lifetime of a Fairhaven girl final month.

“(The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources) continues to conduct aerial spraying and also supports the use of truck-based ground spraying as conditions allow this season,” state Division of Agricultural Sources Commissioner John Lebeaux mentioned. “We continue to urge the public to use the insect repellants suggested by MA DPH, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay indoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.”

The following wave of aerial spraying for mosquito management is anticipated to kick off Monday in elements of Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties, if climate situations permit, officers mentioned.

The cities and cities that can both be partially or absolutely sprayed over the subsequent week embrace: Brimfield, Palmer, Ware, Brookfield, Charlton, East Brookfield, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Warren, and West Brookfield, in accordance with DPH.

Spraying in elements of Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester counties is scheduled to proceed over the weekend, the division mentioned.

In line with officers, DPH has realized a horse that was identified with EEE reportedly in Granby in late August was stabled in Connecticut.

“As a result, the towns of Granby, Belchertown, Ludlow, Chicopee, and South Hadley have all been reduced to moderate risk,” DPH mentioned within the assertion.

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