FREETOWN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man in Bristol County is now the second confirmed death and tenth case of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus in Massachusetts, according to the state Department of Public Health.
With the latest EEE death—a 70-year-old man from Freetown—there are now 35 communities at critical risk, 40 are at high risk, and 128 communities are at moderate risk in the state.
There have also been eight cases of EEE this year in animals—seven horses and a goat, according to the department.
The DHP recommends the following to protect against EEE:
- Avoid Mosquito Bites
- Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours
- Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites
- Mosquito-Proof Your Home
- Protect Your Animals