A seventh human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis was found in Massachusetts yesterday.
A Plymouth County male under the age of 18 was diagnosed with the virus, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced.
It is the second human case from Plymouth County. Other human findings have been Middlesex, Worcester, Franklin and Essex Counties. Two of the human findings have resulted in death.
So far, no human cases have been reported in Easton or anywhere in Bristol County.
Easton has been labeled at a "critical" risk level, however, due to over 70 positive mosquito pools found in town.
“Summer may be over but the threat of mosquito-borne illness is not — we can expect to continue seeing mosquito activity until the first hard overnight frost,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Al DeMaria said in a statement. “People need to continue to use insect repellant, cover up exposed skin, and avoid being outdoors at dusk and after nightfall when mosquitoes are at their most active.”
The Easton Board of Health recently enacted a mosquito-borne illness regulation giving it the authority impose a curfew in public places like parks and schools. No curfew has been set in the Shovel Town, however.
Currently, no Oliver Ames home athletic games have been scheduled for night-time until Oct. 19.
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