Westborough – The Massachusetts Department of Public health announced today, July 26, that eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in Westborough. In 2011, 4,604 mosquito samples were tested for EEE virus and 80 positive samples were identified in Massachusetts. Westborough had one EEE virus-positive mosquitoes samples identified in 2011.
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 web site at www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.