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A mosquito feeding on a human. (bogdog Dan/Flickr)
A mosquito feeding on a human. (bogdog Dan/Flickr)

State officials are cautioning Central Massachusetts residents to stay indoors after dusk. The recommendation comes after a young girl was hospitalized with Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE. She is the third person to contract the mosquito-borne illness in the state.

Mosquito activity and the risk of EEE infection have been unusually high this year. And now, state officials have raised the infection threat level to "critical" in Athol, Orange and Royalston, and to "high" in seven other Central Mass towns.

Officials have gone a step further and recommended that several towns cancel all outdoor evening events until the first hard frost.

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This segment aired on September 11, 2012.

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