State: 5th human case of EEE confirmed

Another Massachusetts resident has been found to have Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a mosquito borne disease that can be fatal. This is the fifth human case of EEE this year.

An Essex County man in his 70′s is currently being treated at a hospital.

The Department of Public Health also announced Tuesday that another case of EEE in a Plympton horse has been confirmed.

The threat level for EEE in Plympton was raised to ‘critical’ in late August after an alpaca in the area with the disease died. Early morning and late evening activities remain banned in the town.

Last week, state officials announced that a Marshfield man in his 60′s was found to have EEE and was hospitalized. The Marshfield Board of Health says there are no updates on his condition.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.