Second Case of EEE Reported in Eastern Worcester County
According to the state’s Department of Public Health, a man aged between 19 to 30 from eastern Worcester County has been infected with EEE or Eastern equine encephalitis. This is the second case that has been reported this year.
To make the scenario worse a young goat in Bristol County has been infected. All the parks, forests and ball fields have been closed by Norton till further notice. Grafton, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Upton and Westborough in Worcester County; Hopkinton in Middlesex County; and Easton, Norton, and Raynham in Bristol County are the 10 communities who are under risk. In Framingham and Marlborough in Middlesex County and in Millbury, Northborough, and Sutton in Worcester County, The Department of Public Health raised the EEE risk level to high.
It was very recently that the department confirmed the first human case of EEE in Massachusetts. According to sources, the infected person is a resident of Rochester. “The most intense level of EEE activity is still being seen in Bristol and Plymouth counties,” said Dr. Monica Bharel, the public health commissioner. “However, inactive EEE years, the virus may move outside of southeastern Massachusetts. This is evidence of that movement, and residents in the area of increased risk should use mosquito repellent and avoid outdoor activities at night.”
In Abbot street, two mosquito pools were tested positive for the EEE virus. EEE has also been found in mosquitoes taken from Hanson and Walpole. According to the Department of Public Health, there are now 19 Massachusetts communities at critical EEE risk, 18 at high risk and 24 at moderate risk. People who stay at places with high-risk rates should stay inside to avoid exposure and use mosquito repellent whenever necessary.
Areal spraying had been done recently and the next spraying is planned to be done next week. For the latest updates, residents can visit the website of the Department of Public Health.