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August 22, 2012

EEE-infected mosquitoes found in 2 additional Mass. towns

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say they have found mammal-biting mosquitoes infected with Eastern equine encephalitis in the communities of Carver and Kingston.

Health officials have raised the EEE threat level to “high” in Carver and ‘moderate” in Kingston.

They say the threat in Plymouth, which borders both towns, has also been raised to “moderate.”

Officials are recommending that people avoid outdoor evening events for the rest of the summer. Ground-based mosquito spraying in those towns will be stepped up.

EEE-bearing mosquitoes have been found at dangerous levels in several southeastern Massachusetts communities, where aerial spraying has been conducted.

There has been one confirmed human case of EEE this year.

A Metrowest-area resident is believed to have contracted it out-of-state.

Two EEE cases were reported last year, one fatal.

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