Two pools of mosquitoes carrying the potentially deadly eastern equine encephalitis virus have been identified in Freetown.

According to the State Department of Public Health website, the infected mosquitoes, the bird-biting variety, were detected in samples taken Sept. 12. Freetown is the second Southcoast community where Triple E has been detected. Infected mosquitoes were found in a Sept. 3 sample taken in the north end of New Bedford.

As usual health officials urge residents to wear protective clothing and use insect repellent, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.