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4th EEE death confirmed in Massachusetts as total cases grow to 11, officials say

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A fourth individual has died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in Massachusetts because the state’s variety of confirmed human circumstances continues to develop, well being officers stated Wednesday.

A person in his 70s from Essex County, who was identified with the uncommon mosquito-borne an infection final week, handed away, the state Department of Public Health stated in an announcement.

A hospital not too long ago notified the division of the loss of life.

DPH additionally introduced it has confirmed the 11th human case of EEE this yr within the Commonwealth after the virus was present in a person in his 70s from Worcester County.

Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, Leicester, Southbridge, and Spencer have been elevated to excessive danger for EEE because of this, in keeping with officers.

“Although mosquito populations are declining at this time of year, risk from EEE will continue until the first hard frost,” state epidemiologist Catherine Brown stated in an announcement. “We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

EEE, which triggers mind swelling, fever, and coma, kills roughly one third of the individuals who contract it, in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Wednesday, 35 cities and cities throughout Massachusetts had been at essential danger for EEE, 40 at excessive danger, and 128 at average danger, DPH stated.

The virus has additionally been confirmed in seven horses and one goat this yr.

News of Wednesday’s loss of life comes a day after officers confirmed the third deadly case of EEE that killed an individual between 71 and 80 years outdated in Hampden County.

State officers stated the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has accomplished mosquito management spraying for the season.

The public is urged to keep away from mosquito bites by sporting bug repellant and long-sleeved clothes, in keeping with DPH. Other precautions embody draining standing water, repairing window and door screens, and staying indoors after darkish.

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