BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There have been four more confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, known as EEE, in Massachusetts—bringing the state total up to seven this year.
There have been four confirmed cases of EEE in humans this year.
The risk level in Medfield, Granby, Brookfield, and Holliston has been raised to critical, according to authorities.
Belchertown, Brimfield, Chicopee, East Brookfield, Ludlow, Medway, Millis, North Brookfield, Sherborn, South Hadley, Sturbridge, Walpole, and West Brookfield have had their risk levels raised to high.
The Massachusetts Department of Health confirmed a case of EEE in a horse in Medfield.
Starting at dusk Friday, August 30, there will be a town-wide spraying by truck provided by the Norfolk County Mosquito Control District to combat EEE.
Holliston Police tweeted out a guide with additional information on avoiding EEE.
The town says residents should avoid going outside, especially at night when mosquitoes are most active, to limit potential exposure. It is also encouraged to use bug spray with DEET, and to wear long sleeves and pants.
This year 366 mosquito samples tested positive for EEE.