7-Year-Old Marshfield Boy Diagnosed With EEE

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

MARSHFIELD (CBS) – Marshfield Health Department officials say a 7-year-old child diagnosed with EEE is recovering well.

“The child is doing very well and is home,” says Dr. Jerry Maher, Chairman of the town’s health board. He says he’s concerned because it’s the second otherwise healthy resident to suddenly fall ill with the virus this summer.

The town plans to send out reverse 911 phone calls to residents Tuesday warning that the EEE risk level has been raised to critical. Earlier in the summer, after a 68-year-old man came down with the illness, a curfew went into effect on town property. All athletic games and practices end by 6:10pm.

RELATED: Amesbury Woman Dies Of EEE

It’s the seventh human EEE case this summer. Officials say peak season is now, late summer and early fall. Unfortunately it’s the most difficult time for mosquito control officials to spray. “It has to be above 50 degrees or it’s just not effective,” says Dr. Maher.

He’s urging residents to use their own spray with DEET.

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