EEE, West Nile Virus No Longer A Threat In Massachusetts In 2019


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — At long last, the threat of EEE and West Nile Virus in Massachusetts is over, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

"A hard frost has now occurred in all communities across the state," the DPH tweeted Thursday afternoon. "People are no longer at risk of mosquito-borne illness in #Massachusetts in 2019."

EEE, or Eastern Equine Encephalitis, left three Massachusetts residents dead out of a total 12 who contracted it. West Nile Virus sickened three Massachusetts residents.

The DPH is set to do early-season testing to assess the risk for EEE and West Nile next year.

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