Weymouth woman dies from EEE
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Norfolk County woman has died from the mosquito-borne illness, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Now, several communities are stepping up their efforts to protect the public.
Janet Dignan, 85, loved to make quilts, according to her obituary. She had lots of friends and family members attend her funeral in Weymouth on Wednesday, where she lived 60 years of her life. Dignan died on Aug. 16.
Though no infected mosquitoes have been confirmed in Weymouth, crews are stepping up their spraying and setting extra traps. Norfolk County is doing testing in each town.
“We have not had any mosquito pools test positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. We have for West Nile,” said David Lawson of Norfolk County Mosquito Control.
Weymouth is canceling its traditional outdoor movie night and warning schools and recreation programs that evening activities should probably be rescheduled. The risk of mosquito bites is higher from dusk through dawn.
The mayor says the risk is high, but not yet critical.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean she definitely contracted it in town. She may have picked it up somewhere else,” said Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay.
The city made automated calls to residents, advising them of the health concern and suggesting they take precautions.
“Make sure the screens in your home are intact. Make sure that there’s no stagnant water on your property,” said Dan McCormick of the Weymouth Health Department.
If bitten, symptoms of EEE to look out for are: Fevers, headaches, stiff neck and a lack of energy. If you have a bite it’s important to be mindful of it. Doctors say you could start to see symptoms of EEE within three to 10 days.