New England News
7:23 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mass. Health Officials Confirm Second Death From EEE

Massachusetts health officials confirm a second death from mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis and a new case that brings the summer's total to seven.

The health department also confirmed two new West Nile virus cases Monday, bringing that total to 19, triple last year's.

The new EEE case is a Plymouth County boy under 18 who is recovering. The new West Nile cases are men in their 50s, a Boston man who is hospitalized and a Hampden County man who has recovered.

The family of 63-year-Charlene Manseau of Amesbury told The Daily News of Newburyport she died Saturday of complications from EEE. Family members said she may have had weakened immunity from past cancer treatment. Officials have said a Westborough man in his 70s died earlier from EEE.

One person also has died from West Nile.

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