SHREWSBURY, Mass. — The buzz was all about mosquitoes in late summer and early fall as fears of EEE and West Nile virus had Central Mass towns, including Shrewsbury, on high alert.
A mild winter proved to be the perfect breeding ground for insects, and cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile began popping up in mid-summer. It proved fatal for a Westborough man, who became the second Massachusetts resident to die from EEE in early August.
In September, Shrewsbury called off or rescheduled all evening and nighttime school and municipal programs, a move repeated in towns across Central Mass. The ban was lifted in October after the first heavy frost, but not before costing the high school's athletic department thousands of dollars.
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