TAUNTON — The threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is reminding area residents of its presence after a Taunton man passed away from the virus on Friday.

The Herald News reports that a Taunton man contracted the mosquito-borne illness over a month ago.

The death of Scott Mosman was confirmed by family members. Mosman was a Raynham native and was said to have been in his 50’s.

Mosman is the third person in Massachusetts confirmed to have died of EEE this year, according to the Department of Public Health. There have been 12 confirmed human cases of EEE in Massachusetts in 2019.

In August, a 59-year-old Fairhaven woman died after contracting EEE. The deadly virus still has a Rochester man in a coma.

The DPH says 35 communities now at critical risk, 53 at high risk, and 121 at moderate risk for EEE in Massachusetts, according to the Department of Public Health.

Raynham, Easton, Norton, Acushnet, Freetown, Lakeville and New Bedford remain at a critical risk while Taunton, Dighton, Berkley, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater are at high risk.

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