More infected mosquitoes found in area already than all last year – Wareham, MA – Wicked Local Wareham
A state lab has found more mosquitoes infected with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) so far this summer than all of last year.
Collected in traps throughout Massachusetts, the state had found 84 infected insects as of the first week of August, surpassing the 80 found all of last year, according to state Department of Public Health veterinarian Catherine Brown.
Some of the increase may be a result of increased testing in certain high-risk areas. Still, it is likely another sign of an unusually busy time for mosquito-borne illnesses, and there are months to go before the pests typically die off.
“I would say that EEE activity this year has been particularly intense,” Brown said.
This much is clear: EEE showed up earlier than usual this season, including in a breed of mosquitoes that feeds on mammals, as opposed to birds. The disease also has cropped up in scattered areas beyond the usual hotspots, and more towns than usual are considered at risk for EEE, Brown said.