Plymouth County: State Health Official Discusses EEE And West Nile Virus

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Friday that a human case of West Nile Virus was confirmed in Plymouth County.

The victim, the second human case reported this year,  was identified as a man in his 50’s.

The announcement also said that a Bristol County man in his 70’s died from or Eastern equine encephalitis or EEE. 

 

Dr. Catherine Brown, State Epidemiologist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, tells WATD News that they have been able to conduct a more strenuous spraying program this year due to warmer than normal temperatures. 

 

Despite these recent infections Brown says that the state has seen fewer human cases of West Nile Virus than the previous year. 

 

Brown says that both diseases are mosquito borne and have similar symptoms. 

 

Health officials say there are 35 communities now at critical risk, 40 at high risk, and 128 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts. 

About Dan McCready

Dan McCready is a South Shore native who’s happy to be back working in his home region. After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School, GO KNIGHTS! Dan attended Suffolk University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communications. After college Dan worked as a standup comic and actor appearing in several theatrical productions, independent films, and worked as a background extra in films and TV shows including Fever Pitch, Underdog, and Brotherhood while also working as a weekend overnight DJ on Easy 99.1. Eventually Dan began covering the Boston entertainment scene for Production Live Online and, after being bit by the journalism bug, decided to further his studies at Northeastern University, where he earned his master's degree. Since that time Dan has worked across many media platforms for organizations including the Patriot Ledger, Cape Cod Broadcasting, and 1420 WBSM in New Bedford. Dan is currently residing in Milton and enjoys hanging out with friends, candlepin bowling, playing video games, and making videos for his fledgling YouTube Channel.