WEYMOUTH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has raised the threat level for Eastern equine encephalitis to "high" in five communities on the South Shore.
Hanover, Hanson, Rockland, Weymouth, and Whitman are all included in the heightened risk level. Residents are asked to curtail planned evening outdoor events for the remainder of mosquito season.
The risk level was raised one day after health officials announced a Weymouth woman was the first human case of EEE in 2013. The 85-year-old woman was taken to South Shore Hospital early last week with symptoms such as fever and headache. She died Aug. 16.
On Monday, the Mass. Dept. of Public Health reported mosquitoes collected in Weymouth had tested negative for EEE; however, on Tuesday, officials updated their findings, concluding a Weymouth mosquito pool had tested positive for EEE.
Mosquito season typically continues until the first hard frost in the fall.