First Case of EEE Confirmed in Massachusetts

According to The Massachusetts Department of Health, a Norfolk County woman has died recently in the state’s first human case of Easter Equine Encephalitis this year.
The woman was hospitalized in mid-August and died a few days later. The woman was in her 80s. Health officials are investigating as to where she was possibly exposed to the infected mosquitoes.
People are being urged to take precautions against mosquitoes in Massachusetts.
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.
Clothing Can Help – Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Apply Repellent – Apply insect repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

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