Mosquito bites are often little more than itchy and annoying. They can, however, lead to a pair of serious and potentially deadly diseases, West Nile Virus and the more-serious Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or Triple-E. In 2012, three people in Massachusetts died from Triple-E and one died from West Nile. State Public Health Veterinarian Catherine Brown says previous year activity can actually more likely predict current year activity.
“And so given the intensity of what we saw last year, we’re certainly particularly worried about Triple-E. West Nile Virus is less dependent upon what happened the year before.”