As the potentially deadly threat grows from EEE, the eastern equine encephalitis virus, Gov. Charlie Baker will sit down with several officials Thursday to discuss this summer’s outbreak.
Seven people have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus in Massachusetts so far this summer, and this week, the Department of Public Health confirmed that one person’s death was linked to EEE. Another person with EEE recently died in Rhode Island.
The outbreak — the first in the state since 2012 — has prompted statewide efforts to reduce mosquito populations through aerial and ground spraying. About three dozen communities are at critical risk of EEE infection, with about the same amount at high risk, according to state health officials. See a full map here.
Joining Baker at the roundtable at the Lakeville Public Library will be the heads of the Energy and Environmental Affairs, Agricultural Resources and Public Health departments, along with local and elected officials.
Baker and other officials are expected to speak with the media afterward.
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