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Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the Northeast

Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the Northeast

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been reported in Massachusetts for the first time since 2013. The state has reported 4 cases so far in 2019, including 1 death, and the “critical risk” areas are growing steadily and quickly approaching the Boston area. EEE is a relatively rare, but potentially fatal, disease in the US, and increased incidence could indicate that factors such as humans venturing further into high-risk areas like swamps and climate change could place humans at increased risk for EEE and other vectorborne diseases in the coming years.