By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Massachusetts health officials reported the 11th human Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection in a man in his 70s from Worcester County.

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In addition, the health department was notified by a hospital of a death from EEE of an Essex County resident, the 4th of the year.

“Although mosquito populations are declining at this time of year, risk from EEE will continue until the first hard frost,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

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State officials continue to remind residents to take personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

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EEE virus has been found in 422 mosquito samples this year, many of them from species of mosquitoes capable of spreading the virus to people. There have also been eight confirmed cases of EEE this year in animals – seven horses and a goat.