Friday, July 29, 2011

EEE Confirmed in Mosquitoes in Bridgewater

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that EEE has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Bridgewater had 1 EEE virus positive mosquito sample identified on 7/29/11. Plymouth County Mosquito Control will be spraying 8/1-8/2 all parks and swamp land areas.

EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under 15 years of age or over 50 years of age are at greatest risk for serious illness.

Information about EEE and reports of EEE virus activity in Massachusetts during 2011 can be found on the MDPH website. Recorded information about EEE is also available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).

Please be aware all parks and fields in Bridgewater are closed at 6:30 pm per the Board of Health until further notice.

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