Third Person Dies in Connecticut From EEE Mosquito Illness

Henrietta Brewer
October 4, 2019

A fourth MI resident has died from what is considered to be one of the most risky mosquito-borne viruses in the nation: Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. About half of those go on to develop the encephalitic disease, StatNews reported. Extreme instances of EEE (involving encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain) start with the abrupt beginning of headache, high fever, chills, and regurgitating 4 to 10 days after a mosquito nibble.

Al Gettman catches mosquitoes for scientists to research and get answers about why EEE is spiking so much this year.

The horse was stabled in Spencer - a town already considered at high risk for EEE. Then hit the + icon at the bottom right to zoom into the map to see CT up close.

The Elkhart, LaGrange and Noble county health departments and the Indiana State Department of Health have been working together to monitor EEE activity. A screenshot of an updated map for October 2 is below.

It's among six states with reported cases this year including: Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Authorities around the world are using aerial spraying in areas found to have infected mosquitos in an attempt to halt the spread of the diseases, but that is only part of a wider solution.

The two other individuals who passed on from EEE were from Old Lyme and East Lyme.

"We have had four human cases of EEE, three of which were fatal".

The Health Department's mosquito management program, created to combat all mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile Virus and EEE, includes working with state officials to monitor the mosquito population, annual larviciding to help control the mosquito population, and educating residents about how to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

According to Fox 61, the four human cases were all concentrated in one area that includes Colchester, East Haddam, Old Lyme, and East Lyme.

A fourth CT case has now been reported in Colchester, where the person between the age of 40-49 has been hospitalized. These mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected wild birds.

Where has EEE been detected?

"Even though we see mosquito populations come down, they are still active especially at those times so if residents are going to go outside, they should wear long sleeves wear long trousers to cover up", Melmed said.

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