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August 21, 2013

Mass. officials confirm 1st 2013 death from EEE

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Health says a Norfolk County woman who recently died is the state’s first human case of Eastern equine encephalitis this year.

The health department identified the victim only as a woman in her 80s. She was hospitalized in mid-August and died a few days later.

Health officials are trying to determine where she was most likely exposed to infected mosquitoes.

There were seven cases of EEE in Massachusetts last year, and at least two deaths.

People are urged to take precautions against mosquitoes.

The health department says symptoms of EEE include fever, stiff neck and headache, and usually appear three to 10 days after a mosquito bite. The most serious complication is inflammation and swelling of the brain.

Beach evacuated after possible shark

RYE, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say a beach in Rye has been evacuated after a possible shark sighting.

The sighting happened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday at Wallis Sands State Beach.

Officials say they are trying to determine if a shark was spotted.

Pols ask DOE for review of power plan

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is asking the federal Department of Energy to do a more rigorous review of a contentious proposal to build a 187-mile electric transmission line through northern New Hampshire.

In a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, the senators and representatives cite a change in the route of the proposed Northern Pass project and concerns they’ve heard from constituents.

The delegation — Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic representatives Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter — also want to know if a federal environmental review can continue before the project’s backers demonstrate they can legally pursue construction on the route.

The $1.4 billion project would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England — enough to serve 1.2 million homes.

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