The Department of Public Health has announced that 10 new EEE positive mosquito samples have been found.
The results include samples from Carver and Wareham in Plymouth County as well as Canton in Norfolk County. As a result, the risk level in Wareham has been raised to high.
Currently, Carver and the town of Middleborough are at the critical risk level for EEE. Kingston, Plymtpon and Rochester are already at high risk.
Bridgewater, Halifax, Lakeville and Plymouth in Plymouth County are at moderate risk as are the Bristol County communities in Raynham and Taunton.
The DPH is working with the local health departments, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and local Mosquito Control Projects to coordinate surveillance and appropriate public health response activities.
All residents are reminded to use mosquito repellent any time they are outside, and those in high and critical risk communities are advised to schedule their outdoor activity to avoid the dusk to dawn hours to reduce exposure to the mosquitoes most likely to spread EEE.