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Massachusetts Facing EEE Critical Problem from Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are a common problem this time of year.

Leah Shea of Westfield said, most nights, she gets eaten alive. she put on a lot of bug spray.

They’re annoying, and a few are dangerous.

A human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE has been confirmed in a 60-year old man from southern Plymouth County, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

That is the first human case in Massachusetts since 2013.

EEE is a mosquito-borne sickness that’s rare, serious, and potentially deadly. The DPH is now urging people to guard themselves against mosquitoes.

Utilizing bug spray with DEET, and wearing lengthy-sleeved clothes can help hold the bugs from biting.

Although nobody in western Massachusetts has tested optimistic for the virus, one man told 22News, the mosquitoes are bad this year even when he wears bug spray.

“Mosquitoes are everywhere this time of year,” mentioned Thomas Sfreddo. Once he tries to go fishing down on the Connecticut River, they bother me.

The DPH said it’s an excellent suggestion to avoid outside actions throughout nightfall and dawn and remove any standing water in the yard.

The DPH has raised the risk stage for EEE to “critical” in nine communities in the southeastern a part of the state.

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