U.S. Senators press health officials in efforts to combat EEE virus


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are pressing federal health officials on research efforts to combat the virus.

Both Senators sent a letter to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to learn more about the current state of EEE research.

They also want to know if researching other viruses could help lead to better treatment for the mosquito-borne infection.

Two new human cases of EEE were confirmed in the state just last week.

“Even though temperatures have cooled off, it is not unusual to see human EEE cases confirmed in September. This is why we continue to urge the public to take seriously the threat that mosquitos can pose and to take steps to avoid being bitten.”

Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

One case is from eastern Worcester County and the other from southwestern Middlesex County.

One of the people who tested positive for the disease died.

36 communities in the state are now at critical risk, 42 at high risk, and 115 at moderate risk for the virus.

Current EEE risk levels

36 communities at critical risk, 42 at high risk, and 115 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts. (Mass.gov)

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