EEE risk level raised to high in two more southeastern Massachusetts communities


The Massachusetts health officials have announced a rise in risk level for EEE (Eastern equine encephalitis) virus in 2 more southeastern communities in the state.

As of Monday, the two communities, Halifax and Bridgewater, which are both located in Plymouth County, are at high EEE risk and join the other communities of Plympton, Kingston, Wareham and Rochester in high-risk segment.

Two other communities in Plymouth County, Middleborough and Carver are in critical risk of the virus, as per the Department of Public Health. The first human case of EEE in the state was reported in the Middleborough community previously this month.

This recent announcement from the health officials now brings all the communities in Massachusetts under critical or high risk of the virus to eight.

On Monday, the department further announced that the risk of EEE in Pembroke, West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Hanson has increased to moderate from low.

The State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the DPH announced that the process of aerial spraying to kill the mosquitoes will be taking place in particular regions of the Plymouth County as well as a tiny region of the Bristol County.

The aerial spraying process is all set to start from Monday night; however, is dependent on the equipment and weather.


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