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Seniors and Mosquito Borne Viruses - Knowing the Risks

Updated: Aug 29, 2019


Connelly Law Offices, Ltd. Senior Issues
At least four confirmed cases of Eastern Equine encephalitis have occurred in Massachusetts with one confirmed death of a Fairhaven woman has health officials posting warnings in communities across the state.

As summer winds down and the days have begun to grow shorter, staying outside as dusk arrives may be proving to be a risky prospect for many here in Southern New England due to a higher than usual mosquito population. To be clear, this is not a call to arms that all mosquito bites will have deadly outcomes since such illnesses are extremely rare, but as with most diseases spread by insects, seniors are among the most vulnerable given the fact that our immune systems weaken with age. So here is what we need to know.


Even though such infections are rare, we shouldn’t take the concerns of mosquito carried viruses lightly either. In the past week, at least four cases of Eastern Equine Ence