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Local communities respond to EEE threat

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SWANSEA, Mass. -

Massachusetts health officials are reporting the first death from Eastern equine encephalitis this year.  The Department of Public Health says the victim was a woman in her 80s from Norfolk County.

Precautions are being taken elsewhere, like in neighboring Bristol County, as mosquito test results come back positive for EEE and West Nile virus.

The Swansea school committee is not taking chances with the potentially deadly pests, making all outdoor school activities end before 6:30 p.m. 

"I think it's smart. It's definitely a smart idea because you don't want anything to happen to any kids especially with that going around. It's a little scary, especially since (my daughter's) allergic to mosquitoes. So I always have to keep bug repellent on her at all times," Vanessa Rodriguez told NBC10.

Swansea is among Bristol County communities that have seen mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus, along with Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, and Taunton.

EEE has been detected in mosquitoes in Rehoboth, Dighton, Mansfield and Easton.

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