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An aedes aegypti mosquito is shown on human skin in a file photo, date and location not known, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (USDA file/AP)
An aedes aegypti mosquito is shown on human skin in a file photo, date and location not known, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (USDA file/AP)

On the 4th of July, you're probably going to spend a lot of time outside, especially in the evening. And that means...break out the bug spray. On that note, there was a line in a Boston Globe story today that caught our eye. It said that when it comes to mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, Florida has the highest incidence in the nation of the disease. Massachusetts is number two! This seemed surprising to us, so we asked Tufts epidemiologist Sam Telford why that might be.

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Sam Telford, Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease at Tufts University.

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The Boston Globe: "Friday marked the official start to “mosquito season,” which runs from when the first infected bugs are found until the first hard frost, when mosquitoes begin dying off."

This segment aired on July 2, 2013.

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