Town Administrator Greg Johnson and the Maynard Public Health Staff would like to provide residents with safety tips to prevent the transmission of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus during the warmest summer months.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), since the virus was first identified in Massachusetts in 1938, just over 110 cases have occurred. Outbreaks of EEE usually occur in Massachusetts every 10-20 years and these outbreaks will typically last two to three years. The DPH reports that the most recent outbreak began in 2019 and 12 cases and six fatalities occurred during the year. The 2020 season is expected to be another high-risk year.
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 or over 50 years of age are at the greatest risk for serious illness.
“Although getting EEE is rare, if contracted, the effects can be dangerous or even deadly,” Johnson said. “To ensure safety this summer, take extra care and precaution during times when these pests are most prevalent, including dusk and dawn.”
To learn more about EEE and how to protect yourself and your family, please visit our Preventing EEE Tips page.