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Mosquito-borne disease kills girl, elderly man

BOSTON (AP) — A rare mosquito-borne disease killed a young girl and an elderly man who lived in neighboring towns, health officials said Tuesday as they urged people to protect themselves against the insects.

The two became ill with the dangerous Eastern equine encephalitis virus, known as EEE, within days of a third woman who also lives nearby. She remains hospitalized in serious condition, officials said.

Four New Hampshire residents have also turned up ill with the virus in recent weeks; none has died.