Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a growing risk in Southeastern Massachusetts this summer, and the Provincetown Health Department encourages people to take steps to avoid mosquito bites. EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages.
This year, on Aug. 3, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported the first human case of EEE, in neighboring Plymouth County. Last year there were a total of 12 human cases in Massachusetts, and EEE was found in mosquito samples in both Truro and Wellfleet.
All residents are urged to use repellent when outdoors, drain standing water where mosquitoes breed, and repair screens in doors and windows.