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Friday, July 6, 2007

Mosquitoes found with Triple-E

By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff

For the first time this summer, mosquitoes infected with Eastern equine encephalitis have been detected in Massachusetts.

The state Department of Public Health announced today that the disease-carrying insects were found Wednesday in Raynham, in Bristol County. No human cases of the viral illness have been reported so far this summer.

Last year, five people contracted Eastern equine encephalitis, two of whom died.

The virus kills one-third of its victims and half of those who survive suffer permanent neurological damage. There is no cure; survivors often require lengthy hospitalization.

The department has put together videos about the dangers of EEE and ways to prevent it.

Posted by Karen Weintraub at 02:44 PM
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