Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Mosquito-borne EEE virus kills 'perfectly healthy' man in 9 days

Mosquito-borne EEE virus kills 'perfectly healthy' man in 9 days

A man from Manchester-by-the-Sea has contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis, becoming the state's ninth confirmed case of the virus, officials said Wednesday.

Nine cases of EEE in horses had been confirmed as well and all the animals have died, the health department said.

There have been seven confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the state so far this year with the closest in Lapeer County.

Catherine Brown, who tracks diseases for MA, said she thinks introduction of a new strain of the virus may be a factor in that state this year.

For one MI mosquito control company, Mosquito Squad, this time of year is usually slow, according to Julie Wuerfel, owner of Mosquito Squad.

Twenty-one people in six states have been diagnosed with EEE this year, and five people have died, the Associated Press reported. "He loved life", Mark told News 8.

Most infections occur in the summer, so health officials do not think it will get much worse.

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This year, at least 20 people have been diagnosed with EEE in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and MI, according to NBC News. People older than 50 and younger than 15 are most at risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus.

It has also been found in four other states, most along the US east coast.

Most people who become sick will abruptly experience symptoms four to 10 days after a mosquito bite.

Symptoms include a sudden fever, chills and body and joint aches, which can progress to severe inflammation of the brain, resulting in headaches, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis.

There is no specific treatment for EEE. "We urge the public to use bug spray, wear long sleeves and trousers and socks to reduce exposed skin, and stay indoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active".

Avoid outdoor activities from dusk until dawn when the mosquito species that transmits the EEE virus to humans is most active. An EEE vaccine exists for horses.

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