Carver: More EEE virus found in mosquitoes

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Massachusetts health officials say Eastern equine encephalitis has been found again in mosquitoes– this time in Carver.

The Department of Public Health announced Thursday that EEE was found in mammal-biting mosquitoes in a sample collected on Tuesday.

Thursday’s findings follow the announcement Wednesday that four EEE-positive mosquito samples had been detected in the town of Easton. No additional infected mosquitoes have been found in Easton, despite extensive testing.

No human cases have been reported. The state had two cases of EEE last year, including a Bristol County man who died.

Dr. Al DeMaria, the state epidemiologist, said it’s early in the season for EEE. He said people should take common-sense precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

State officials say the threat of mosquito-borne illness is considered “high” in Easton, Raynham, and Taunton. The risk level remains at “moderate” in Carver.

The West Nile virus has also been found in mosquitoes this year, with no human cases.

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