Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Another horse contracts EEE in MA, health officials confirm

Another horse contracts EEE in MA, health officials confirm

A 3rd person in the state has died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

A fourth CT case has now been reported in Colchester, where the person between the age of 40-49 has been hospitalized. The illness can cause brain swelling preceded by flu-like symptoms, including a high fever, chills and nausea.

Hamden has joined several towns in CT in temporarily suspending outdoor activities after dusk after one person diagnosed with EEE died and the state's second human case was reported.

The state health department's epidemiologist said this has been an unprecedented year. There have been 12 human cases of EEE this season in MA and nine confirmed cases of EEE this year in animals - eight horses and a goat.State officials continue to remind residents throughout the commonwealth to take personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites. "Before this year, we've got only one human case of EEE in CT, and that was in 2013".

Carter said that in all there has been four human cases of EEE this year, three of which were fatal.

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In the last few weeks, three people have died of Eastern equine encephalitis in CT.

Yesterday, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station identified EEE virus in mosquitos that were trapped last week in its Bethany and Middlefield sites.

The CDC recommends residents of impacted areas use insect repellant and avoid the outdoors after dark to lessen their risk.

Health officials want you to know that most people infected with EEE will have no apparent illness, however some can become very ill.

Triple E is a rare virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Even though the temperatures are getting cooler, mosquitoes continue to be active until the first heavy frost and residents should continue to take measures to prevent mosquito bites. People who think they've been infected with EEE or other vector-borne diseases that can cause encephalitis, like West Nile virus and Powassam virus, should seek medical care.

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