The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) stated the state’s third confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection in a male over the age of 60 who were exposed to the virus in northern Franklin County, On Friday.
As a result of the confirmed an infection, the towns of Heath and Colrain are now at critical threat for the EEE virus.
Additionally, two horses one in Mendon and one in Uxbridge also tested positive for the EEE virus, raising the level to be critical in those towns as well.
The DPH also announced that ten Worcester County towns Blackstone, Douglas, Dudley, Holliston, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville, Oxford, Uxbridge, and Webster had been added to the spray zone for aerial spraying that will occur in Worcester County on Sunday, August 25.
The 13 Worcester County communities that have already been announced to be within the spray zone include Berlin, Hopkinton, Milford, Millbury, Northbridge, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Sutton, Worcester, Upton, Grafton, Southborough, and Westborough.
Monica Bharel, MD, MPH Public Health Commissioner mentioned that they see the most intense level of EEE activity that we have in several years. The largest area is in Bristol and Plymouth Counties with the second focus of activity in parts of Worcester and Middlesex Counties. They are urging people across the state to remember that the peak time for transmission of mosquito-borne illness extends through September here in Massachusetts.
In complete across Massachusetts, there are 23 communities now at critical risk, 22 at high threat, and 52 at moderate risk for the EEE virus.