Marshfield boy, 7, diagnosed with EEE
MARSHFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- State health officials reported a seventh human case of EEE in Massachusetts.
The latest victim is a 7-year-old boy from Marshfield.
“He was never hospitalized and he is home and recovering from the illness,” said Peter Falabella of the Dept. of Public Health in Marshfield.
The boy’s diagnosis marks the second human case of EEE in Marshfield.
“This is historical, unprecedented amount of mosquito-borne disease in Massachusetts,” said Falabella.
As a result of the most recent case, Marshfield has not raised its EEE threat level to critical, the highest level. The town already had a curfew on public outdoor gatherings past 6:15 p.m. Now the city is warning people to be even more alert despite the cooling temperatures.
The town called all residents Tuesday to warn them to take precautions, such as staying inside from dawn to dusk, wearing mosquito repellent and dressing in long-sleeved clothing.
“Because I thought it got pretty chilly the other night that they would go away,” said Tricia Briere, a Marshfield resident.
The city said the risk of getting EEE is still high until the first hard frost and spraying did not kill all the mosquitoes.
The state health department announced two additional human cases of West Nile virus -- a Boston resident and a Hampden man.
“I think they hear you definitely can get very sick from it and also the potential of dying so they’re very concerned,” said Kerry Richardson, a Marshfield resident.
The EEE threat level in Scituate was raised to high as a result of this case.