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Officials Detect First Human Case of EEE Virus

A fifty three year old Lakeville woman has contracted the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, the first human case in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Health Deparment's Doctor Alfred DeMaria says despite the recent aerial pesticide spraying in southeastern Massachusetts the risk of human infection in that area is at a critical level.

He says people should know, "the risk continues and aeriel spraying may have reduced the risk but it didn't eliminate the risk by any means."

Dr. DeMaria says people should remain cautious, where insect repellent or long sleeves and continue to avoid going out at dusk and dawn,

Last year there were four human cases of Eastern Equine Encepholitas in the state.

This program aired on August 16, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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