The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced yesterday that EEE virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Mashpee.
The Mashpee Board of Health recommends that residents take proper precautions, such as using insect repellent and being aware of peak mosquito hours. The board is actively monitoring the situation and applying larvicide on catch basins and cedar swamps, according to an advisory.
In 2017, one mosquito in Massachusetts was found positive for the eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, virus out of 5,496 mosquito samples. In 2018, zero mosquitoes with EEE were identified.
EEE is a rare cause of brain infections, and only a few cases are reported in the United States every year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.