BOSTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Health officials say an eighth person in the state of Massachusetts has been diagnosed with EEE.

Officials made the announcement Friday afternoon.

We're told that a Bristol County man in his fifties contracted the virus.

State health officials tell Western Mass News that the next round of aerial spraying in Hampden County is expected to take place as early as Monday evening, weather permitting.

Aerial spraying in Middlesex, Worcester, and Norfolk Counties is anticipated to continue through the weekend.

State health officials add that eight animals in the state have contracted EEE this year, seven horses and one goat.

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