EEE virus detected in mosquitoes found in Brewster

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Poster courtesy of DPH.

According to a release issued by the town of Brewster Friday, the EEE virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in Brewster. The discovery was announced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

The mosquitoes were reportedly found at Nickerson State Park on Route 6A in Brewster.

According to the DPH, EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) is a rare but serious infection spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Although all people are at risk, children under 15 and adults over 50 are most susceptible. This is the first time EEE has been detected in human biting mosquitoes in Barnstable County, according to the Brewster release.

The state offers a variety of safety tips for avoiding mosquito bites here including wearing appropriate clothing and repellant. 

DPH conducted aerial spraying in 21 Southeastern Massachusetts communities last week. No towns or villages on the Cape were sprayed during that time.

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