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Second Massachusetts resident infected with EEE

August 15, 2020 GMT

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (AP) — A second Massachusetts resident has been infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Public health officials say the woman in her 60s was exposed to the potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease in Hampden County. As a result, the state is raising the EEE risk level in Wilbraham to critical.

Three municipalities are at critical risk, eight are at high risk, and 20 are at moderate risk for EEE. All residents are reminded to use mosquito repellent when outside, and those in high and critical risk communities are advised to avoid being outside from dusk to dawn.

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This was the second person to be infected this year. Last year, there were 12 cases and six deaths.