BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) - Belchertown residents are reacting to the state's first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year.
The potential deadly mosquito transmitted illness was found in a horse that was stabled in Belchertown.
State health officials have raised the EEE threat level in Belchertown to critical and have recommended that people cancel evening outdoor activities for the rest of the mosquito season.
Last year there were seven human cases of EEE in Massachusetts.
Tammy Thornton of Belchertown told 22News, "There's a lot of stuff going around that hasn't been in a long time or you've never seen. I have a little girl and I plaster her with bug spray. Or if it's really bad after the rain, we don't go out."
You can help protect yourself by using mosquito repellant, wearing long sleeved clothing, draining any standing water in your yard and avoiding peak mosquito hours of dawn and dusk.