BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two more human cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, have been confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
They include a five-year-old girl in Sudbury and a woman in her 60s in Worcester County. The five-year-old is in critical condition; the Worcester County woman's condition was not yet known.
The Mass DPH has elevated Sudbury's EEE risk level to "critical."
The town of Sudbury has scheduled mosquito spraying for Monday and Tuesday evenings, first targeting school grounds, parks, and fields, and then focusing on the town's streets.
Officials also cancelled outdoor evening events and are advising all Sudbury residents to cancel or reschedule any planned outdoor activities between dusk and dawn until further notice.
The news came just one day after another confirmed case, that of a man in his 70s in Middlesex County, was confirmed.
Signs And Symptoms Of EEE To Look Out For
The total number of confirmed human EEE cases this year in Massachusetts now stands at seven.
In one of those cases, a Fairhaven woman, Laurie Slyvia, died while hospitalized with the virus.
Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel reminded Massachusetts residents that EEE risk continues into this time of the year, not just summertime.
"Even though temperatures have cooled off, it is not unusual to see human EEE cases confirmed in September,” Bharel said in a release. "This is why we continue to urge the public to take seriously the threat that mosquitos can pose and to take steps to avoid being bitten."