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MIT professor defended Jeffrey Epstein associate in leaked emails, claimed victims were ‘entirely willing’

Famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer scientist Richard Stallman is under fire after a leaked email thread showed him defending an associate of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, claiming that his alleged victims were “entirely willing.”

In the email thread, leaked by MIT alum Salam Jie Gano to VICE on Friday, Stallman argued that the late Marvin Minsky – an AI pioneer who died in 2016 and is accused of assaulting one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, – had not actually assaulted anyone.

“The word ‘assaulting’ presumes that he applied force or violence, in some unspecified way, but the article itself says no such thing. Only that they had sex,” he wrote, referring to an article about Giuffre’s testimony against Minsky. “The most plausible scenario is that she presented herself to him an entirely willing.”

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US software freedom activist and computer programmer Richard Stallman speaks with French Green Party “Europe Ecologie les Verts” (EELV)’s candidate for 2012 French presidential election Eva Joly at the EELV’s headquarters in Paris on December 15, 2011. (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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According to the timestamp on the emails, the exchange occurred on Thursday.

Gano, who first wrote about the email thread on Medium before leaking it to VICE on Friday, said Stallman was responding to a female student’s email about an MIT protest regarding Epstein’s donations to the university.

In the thread, Stallman then argues the definition of “sexual assault,” “rape” and whether they apply to Minsky and Giuffre’s deposition statement.

MIT MEDIA LAB DIRECTOR RESIGNS AFTER REPORT ON FINANCIAL TIES TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN

When a student pointed out that Giuffre was 17 when she was allegedly forced to have sex with Minsky in Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands, Stallman said “it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17.”

The leak comes as MIT is reeling from mounting criticisms after revelations that its highly acclaimed Media Lab accepted donations from Epstein for many years despite knowing his sex offender conviction – and consciously made efforts to conceal his name from the records.

Ronan Farrow alleged in an expose published in the New Yorker earlier this month that the MIT Media Lab accepted donations from Epstein – and other wealthy donors which whom he served as an intermediary – despite being considered a “disqualified donor.”

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The Media Lab’s director, Joichi Ito, resigned after the expose was published.

“After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as Director of the Media Lab and as a Professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately,” Ito said in an email to the provost and president of the university that he shared with The New York Times.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Fugitive in Massachusetts killing stabs self in neck during arrest at Florida construction site, authorities say

A two-year manhunt for the most wanted fugitive in Massachusetts ended at a construction site in Florida on Wednesday when a suspect accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in her apartment in 2017 was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service and Florida police officers.

But Cornel Bell, 48, had to be hospitalized because he stabbed himself in the neck with a box cutter during a brief chase, Boston’s WFXT-TV reported. He was in stable condition Wednesday evening.

Authorities say Bell used fake names while on the lam, looking to avoid prosecution for alleged crimes dating back two decades. He was finally tracked down in Dania Beach, Fla., about 24 miles north of Miami, Wednesday morning, Norfolk District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

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Cornell Bell, 48, seen in an undated photo, was arrested in Florida on Wednesday after eluding capture in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend in Massachusetts. (Norfolk District Attorney’s office)

Bell was indicted in October 2017 on a charge that he killed his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend Michelle Clarke in her apartment in Weymouth, Mass., two months earlier. Police found her body around 4 a.m. Aug. 19, 2017, after a friend called to express concern for her safety. Clarke had a 6-year-old son who was staying with family members at the time of the murder.

During the two-year manhunt, investigators determined Bell, who is believed to be originally from Jamaica, obtained several different Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses using fake names, Boston’s WCVB-TV reported. He was later found to be the subject of three additional warrants under different aliases, including one for assault with intent to murder in 1997 and another for armed robbery in 2002, according to Patch.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said authorities centered their search on Florida after a dark blue pickup truck linked to Bell was found abandoned in the Miami area. The district attorney’s office said authorities received a tip that led them to the Dania Beach site.

“Massachusetts State Police, both in the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and the homicide detectives in the DA’s office, have been working tirelessly on finding Mr. Bell and bringing him into custody,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a statement. “VFAS has been working closely with the United States Marshal Service, identifying and following any trace of his whereabouts.”

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Police in Weymouth, Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs, as well as the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, assisted in the investigation, MassLive reported. The district attorney’s office said it was working with several agencies to arrange Bell’s extradition to Massachusetts for arraignment at a later date.

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Rob Gronkowski included in cryptic video with caption ‘news will drop tomorrow night’

On the heels of the Antonio Brown signing, speculation for the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski is heating up after the former All-Pro was recorded on video catching passes with the New England Patriots during a return visit to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

A caption on an Instagram message posted Saturday in Foxboro by former Patriot, Willie McGinest, read: “news will drop tomorrow night.”

“Major comebacks happening in Foxboro stay tuned news will drop tomorrow night,” McGinest said.

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New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski speaks with members of the media during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, ahead of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, two Ex-Patriots, were seen catching passes from retired quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the team’s starter before future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady, took over. Gronk, who stated he isn’t mentally ready to play right now, has made it clear he’s open to returning in the future if he feels he’s ready, although the timetable for that happening is quite murky.

“I’m just in the first stage right now,” Gronkowski said last Tuesday. “When that time comes down in the future, if I have the desire to play football again, if I feel passionate about football again, if I’m feeling I need to be out there on the field, I will go back to football.”

“As of right now, that is not the case. It could be the case in six months; it could be the case in two years; it could be the case in three years; it could be the case in three months. But I truly don’t see it in the foreseeable future in like a week or a month,” he added.

It’s not clear what “news” will drop on Sunday as the Patriots are scheduled to open their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:30 p.m. They will unveil the championship banner of their sixth Super Bowl victory roughly 30 minutes before the game.

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Still, after the Brown signing on Saturday, New England Patriots fans have used social media to beg for their favorite tight end to make a return.

In his post-NFL life, Gronk mentioned he has been getting into the business world while enjoying his time away from football and said he’s got a lot dropping “in the next couple of weeks” with his family.

He discussed some of his ailments, including concussions, suffered during football while talking with NBC’s Philip Mena in late August.

“I used to have liquid, [my head] used to be thick. My head used to be thicker, like a centimeter of liquid in some spots and I’d feel it and be like, ‘What the heck?’ You could put indents in my head, he said.

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Even so, Gronk didn’t rule out a possible return during an interview on “Good Morning America” on August 28, exclaiming, “I’ve been changing up everything, having new energy. I may be back!”

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MIT Media Lab director resigns after report on financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein

A top official at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) resigned Saturday after acknowledging this past week that he went around the university’s official designation of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein as a  “disqualified” donor and continued to accept gifts from him for a prestigious research lab.

Joichi Ito, the director of the Media Lab at MIT, admitted that he accepted a $525,000 donation from Epstein after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to solicitation of prostitution involving an underage victim, according to a report by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow.

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Joichi Ito, director of MIT Media Lab, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, July 8, 2016. Dentsu Inc., Japan’s dominant advertising agency, launched a specialized digital marketing company Dentsu Digtial Inc. today. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Getty Images)

“After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as Director of the Media Lab and as a Professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately,” Ito said in an email to the provost and president of the university that he shared with The New York Times.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif said he had requested an independent investigation to address the “deeply disturbing allegations about the engagement between individuals at the Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein.” Reif disclosed last month that the school took about $800,000 from Epstein over 20 years. That announcement followed the resignation of two prominent researchers from Media Lab over the revelations of Epstein’s ties to the Cambridge University.

RONAN FARROW CLAIMS MIT CONCEALED JEFFREY EPSTEIN DONATIONS FOLLOWING SEX OFFENDER CONVICTION

However, the New Yorker reported that Epstein, a Level 3 registered sex offender at the time, arranged at least $7.5 million in donations. That amount included a $2 million gift from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and a $5.5 million donation from investor Leon Black, with Epstein acting as a sort of proxy for the funds, according to emails dated October 2014 which were reviewed by The New Yorker.

A spokesperson for Gates told the magazine that these allegations were “completely false,” and Black declined to comment.

“[T]he acceptance of the Epstein gifts involved a mistake of judgment,” Reif said in a statement. “We are actively assessing how best to improve our policies, processes and procedures to fully reflect MIT’s values and prevent such mistakes in the future. Our internal review process continues, and what we learn from it will inform the path ahead.”

Internal emails and correspondence between MIT administrative officials also revealed how university officials went to great lengths to conceal Epstein’s identity on subsequent gifts, while simultaneously accepting high dollar donations from other wealthy donors that Epstein had convinced to contribute to the prestigious university program.

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Still, MIT staff members in Ito’s office refrained from using Epstein’s name when scheduling meetings with him, instead referring to him only by his initials. Signe Swenson, a former development associate and alumni coordinator at the lab who resigned in 2015 because of Epstein’s continued involvement, told the magazine that donations from the financier had to be kept “anonymous” and that some staff in Ito’s office called Epstein “Voldemort” or “he who must not be named,” a reference to the villain of the “Harry Potter” book series.

Epstein was found dead in his cell on Aug. 10 at a New York City prison and his death was ruled a suicide. The 66-year-old was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. Prosecutors allege Epstein paid girls as young as 14 years old hundreds of dollars in cash for massages before molesting them at his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., from 2002 through 2005.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Anti-ICE protesters block rush-hour traffic in Boston area; 12 arrested for trespassing at Amazon

Police in Massachusetts reportedly arrested 12 pro-immigration protesters Thursday after hundreds of demonstrators marched through the Boston area, blocking rush-hour traffic.

The group, arrested for trespassing at the Amazon building in nearby Cambridge, across the Charles River via the Longfellow Bridge, were advocating for private businesses to stop cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Cambridge police said, according to The Hill.

The unscheduled route frustrated passengers and police. “It’s rush hour, there’s only one way (on the bridge). Take some other way around,” a man said to WBZ-TV in Boston. The protesters reportedly refused to tell police their planned route.

“It’s rush hour, there’s only one way (on the bridge). Take some other way around.”

— Boston-area rush-hour commuter

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“Never Again Is Now” protesters rally at the New England Holocaust Memorial and then march across the Longfellow bridge into the Amazon local business building lobby, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 in Cambridge, Mass. (Associated Press)

The organizers, “Never Again Action: Jews Against ICE,” posted on Facebook they were specifically protesting Amazon’s contracts with ICE and the company’s reported attempts to sell its facial recognition technology to the agency, The Hill reported.

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Eighteen people were arrested at a similar “Never Again” protest in July.

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AOC, Pressley vow to help pay bail for counter-protesters arrested at ‘Straight Pride’ parade

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and fellow member of “the Squad” Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., vowed Saturday to contribute to a fund that is raising bail money for the 36 counter-protesters arrested at the “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston

Nine of the counter-protesters arrested have been charged with assaulting police officers, the Boston Herald reported. Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley both tweeted out a link to a crowdsourcing page called The Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund, which has raised nearly $25,000 to pay bail and other legal fees of those arrested while protesting the march.

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“One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade?” Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter, sharing a link to the fund. “Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community.”

Ocasio-Cortez retweeted Pressley’s initial tweet about the fund. Pressley slammed the “Straight Pride” event as an “#LGBT hate march” and asked followers to join her in making a contribution to the fund.

About 200 people marched in the “Straight Pride Parade” in downtown Boston on Saturday to celebrate traditional families and defend heterosexuality, the Boston Globe reported. Members of Super Happy Fun America, the group that organized the parade, were reportedly outnumbered along the parade route by thousands of protesters gathered behind police barricades near City Hall who criticized the event as homophobic.

At least some of the counter-protesters were identified as Antifa, the controversial far-left group.

“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” Jon Crowley, a self-identified Antifa member, told the Boston Herald while at Saturday’s parade. He added that he believes violence is the only way deal with the “Straight Pride” marchers, saying: “They are fascists, 100%. How else are you going to get them to shut up?”

A Massachusetts state senator, Dean Tran, who represents Fitchburg, Mass., tweeted Monday that “It is time, federal, state, and local to make it illegal to cover your faces in public events and demonstrations. A danger to public safety and our police officers. No one or group is above the law.”

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The Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund was set up on the crowdsourcing site FundRazr by Lucy Parsons Center, a nonprofit independent bookstore and community center in Boston. The page raised nearly $25,000, exceeding its initial $15,000 goal to pay for possible legal fees. The excess will go to Mass Bail Fund and Boston GLASS.

Fox News’ Gerren Gaynor contributed to this report.

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Palestinian student, 17, who’d been blocked from entering US, arrives at Harvard

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Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student living in Lebanon, who was said to have been blocked from entering the U.S. because of his friends’ social media posts, arrived at Harvard University Monday to start his college journey Tuesday, The Harvard Crimson reported.

“The last ten days have been difficult and anxiety filled, but we are most grateful for the thousands of messages of support and particularly the work of AMIDEAST,” a statement from his family said. AMIDEAST is a nonprofit organization that awarded Ajjawi a scholarship providing legal assistance.

His family continued, “We hope now that everyone can respect our and Ismail’s privacy and he can now simply focus on settling into College and his important class work.”

Akkawi, who has big plans to study medicine this fall, was refused entry into the U.S. after he landed 10 days ago at Logan International Airport in Boston. The freshman said the denial had to do with politically oriented social media posts by his friends.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Michael McCarthy said that the decision to cancel Ajjawi’s visa was based on information discovered during an inspection, but did not specify what that information was.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of so many individuals and officials in Lebanon, Washington, Massachusetts and at Harvard that have made it possible for our son Ismail Ajjawi to begin his studies at Harvard with his class,” his family’s statement added.

His family has lived in a camp for Palestinian refugees in the southern Lebanon port city of Tyre.

As a teenager, Ajjawi made headlines in Lebanon for being a top scorer on primary and secondary school exams. “I want to become a doctor because there are a lot of things in medicine that have not been discovered yet,” he told a station in Lebanon earlier this year.

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Searches of electronic devices and social media at border points were conducted under previous administrations, but free speech groups complain they have been stepped up since President Trump took office in 2017.

The Trump administration says the enhanced searches have been critical to prevent extremists from entering the country.

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Great white shark spotted off Massachusetts coast feeding on dead whale carcass

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A great white shark stunned a whale-watching group off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday when the ocean predator was spotted feasting on the carcass of a dead whale.

The minke whale carcass floating in Cape Cod Bay off Duxbury Beach, north of Plymouth, forced officials to close the beach for swimming after “attracting numerous sharks,” Duxbury Police Beach Operations wrote on Twitter.

The Plymouth harbormaster and others aboard boats snapped photos and recorded video of the shark’s feeding. Onlookers gave off excited screams as the great white emerged and chomped on the whale.

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Whale watchers had mixed feelings after witnessing the sight.

“Of course they are coming out to see whales, so we did, of course, have a couple of people who were upset to have their first sighting be a dead whale. But a lot more people were very excited,” Michelle Collins, a naturalist with whale watching outfit Captain John Boats, told Boston 25 News.

Officials removed the whale carcass Monday and said that the beach was open for swimming “at your own risk.”

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Cape Cod recently has experienced a spike in shark sightings.

Multiple Cape Cod beaches were closed temporarily on Sunday after nearly a dozen sharks were confirmed in waters off the coast, the Boston Globe reported.

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Boston ‘Straight Pride’ parade clashes with protesters, ends with dozens of arrests; police injured: report

A “Straight Pride” parade in Boston was met with counter-protests on Saturday and reportedly led to a handful of officers suffering injuries and almost three dozen arrests.

The controversial rally held in the downtown area led to a clash between Super Happy Fun America, the group that organized the parade, and protesters who criticized the event as homophobic.

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A transgender Trump supporter, center, marches in the Straight Pride Parade in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Boston Police Department said it plans to review officers’ use of force during the demonstrations, and will also look into reports of four officers who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

About 200 people marched in the “Straight Parade” to celebrate traditional families and defend heterosexuality, reported the Boston Globe. Marchers were reportedly outnumbered along the parade route by thousands of protesters, who gathered behind police barricades near City Hall.

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Counterprotesters, including one wearing a horse mask, line the route of the Straight Pride Parade in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Parade participants held up signs promoting pro-military and pro-Trump messages, including “Support our troops” and “Build the wall and crime will fall.” according to local FOX affiliate WDAF-TV.

Counter-protesters hit back at marchers with chants of their own.

“Alt right, get off our streets, no justice, no peace,” protesters said.  They also aimed their focus at police, reportedly chanting, “Who do you serve? Who do you protect?”

“I’m outraged by the idea that straight people need a pride parade,” parade attendee Shoshanna Ehrlich told WDAF-TV. “We are not an oppressed majority by any stretch of the imagination. This is full of hate and offensive.”

According to the event organizing group’s website, the purpose of the “Straight Pride” parade was to “achieve inclusivity and spread awareness of issues impacting straights in Greater Boston and beyond.”

The group claims it “advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to build respect.”

Milo Yiannopoulos, an openly gay right-wing political commentator and writer, was the grand marshal.

The Saturday march was also condemned by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who represents the Boston area. The Democrat congresswoman slammed the event as a “hate march.”

“TY to the allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line today in affront #LGBT hate march,” Pressley said in the statement Saturday. “To everyone feeling unseen & vulnerable today…we got you. Equitable outrage. Our destinies & freedoms are tied.”

On Sunday, Boston police confirmed 36 people had been arrested and charged. They are due to be arraigned in municipal court.

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“We respect the rights of individuals to protest and take part in the democratic process. However, that right never trumps acts of violence or behavior that creates a risk for other participants, bystanders, or police,” Renee Alagrin, a Suffolk District Attorney’s office spokesman, said in a statement.

“We’re reviewing each arrest and will make informed decisions based on the facts of each and the policies of this office.”

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Dead birds in Massachusetts town prompt concerns they’re infected with deadly virus

Dead birds and seagulls spotted in the town of Fairhaven, Mass., have raised concerns among residents that the animals are infected with the potentially fatal, mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. In recent weeks, at least four people in the state have contracted the disease — including one woman who died as a result. 

Concerns the dead birds are carriers of the disease prompted the Fairhaven Health Department to release a statement after it received “several” reports of the deceased animals.

“While we understand the concerns residents may have with possible correlation to EEE, our department does not have any knowledge of knowing if these birds have contracted EEE, nor do we have the necessary equipment to conduct testing,” officials said, adding they are “urging” residents to “leave these birds where they are and to not come in contact with them.”

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“Please do not bring birds or animals to the Health Department, Police Department or the Animal Control Office,” officials continued.

The Fairhaven Health Department said it has been in contact with state health officials who have the necessary resources to conduct tests on the birds.

EEE, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a rare disease that’s spread by infected mosquitoes. The virus “is one of a group of mosquito-transmitted viruses that can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis),” the federal health agency says.

EEE is more common in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states, though the CDC said some cases have been reported in the Great Lakes area. It’s rare — only five to 10 cases are reported each year in the U.S.

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Most birds infected with EEE don’t show any symptoms. (iStock)

In humans, symptoms of EEE typically appear four to 10 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Severe cases of the virus “begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting,” said the CDC, which noted, “the illness may then progress into disorientation, seizures, and coma.”

One-third of those infected with EEE virus die, while survivors typically have “mild to severe brain damage.”

There’s no specific treatment for the infection.

“Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, and no effective antiviral drugs have been discovered,” the CDC said. “Severe illnesses are treated by supportive therapy, which may include hospitalization, respiratory support, IV fluids, and prevention of other infections.”

Birds infected with EEE transmit the virus to mosquitoes when the insects draw blood from the diseased bird.

“Mosquitos then transmit the virus to other birds during subsequent blood meals, continuing the cycle,” according to the Cornell University Wildlife Health Lab.

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Most birds with the virus don’t show any symptoms. That said, EEE can kill some species of birds, namely pigeons, pheasants, and emus, per the university.

Laurie Sylvia, of southern Bristol County, was reportedly the first EEE-associated death in Massachusetts this year. Her case marked the state’s fourth.

The 59-year-old was largely remembered as a “beautiful soul” who was “always the life of the party,” her daughter said.

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