HOLLISTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health raised the danger stage of Eastern Equine Encephalitis to “important” in Holliston, Medfield, Brookfield and Granby on Thursday. Horses in every group examined constructive for the mosquito-borne EEE.
There are actually 28 communities at a important danger stage, with 37 extra at a excessive danger. So far there have been 4 confirmed human circumstances of EEE, together with the loss of life of a Fairhaven mom.
“As we head into the Labor Day weekend and the month of September folks mustn’t overlook to deliver and use an EPA-approved mosquito repellent for any out of doors actions,” Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel stated in a press release. “The peak time for transmission of mosquito-borne sickness extends by means of September right here in Massachusetts.”
Belchertown, Brimfield, Chicopee, East Brookfield, Ludlow, Medway, Millis, North Brookfield, Sherborn, South Hadley, Sturbridge, Walpole and West Brookfield all noticed their danger ranges raised to excessive on Thursday. EEE has now been detected in 366 mosquito samples within the state this yr, and the division stated lots of these species can cross the virus to folks.
The newest EEE danger map (Image credit score: Massachusetts Department of Public Health)
EEE signs can vary from a stiff neck, headache, and lack of vitality to harmful issues like irritation and swelling of the mind. The danger of EEE will stay till the primary killing frost.
Both Holliston and Medfield officers are discouraging out of doors exercise after nightfall. Medfield college sports activities practices will finish by 7 p.m.