A second person in MA has died after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis

EEE case confirmed in Calhoun County

In addition to the MA cases, there are confirmed human cases in MI and Rhode Island so far this year.

CT health officials say the first person in the state has died from a deadly mosquito-borne virus spreading throughout the Tri-state area.

Three of those confirmed cases have resulted in deaths.

A man in his 70s from Bristol County is the second person to die from the rare, mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in MA in a month, health officials announced Friday. There is an EEE vaccine available for horses, but not for people.

It also has affected animals in Berrien, Cass, Barry, Calhoun, Genesee, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lapeer, Montcalm, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. During those periods, the state saw 22 human cases with 14 cases stemming from Bristol and Plymouth counties alone, officials said. A map of the state's current EEE risk levels can be found here. None of the horses were vaccinated against EEE and all animals have died, the health department said. As of September 20, EEE has been confirmed in 21 animals from 11 counties: Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Genesee, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lapeer, Montcalm, St. Joseph, and Van Buren.

People are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and trousers and using insect repellent with DEET.

Seven other human cases have been confirmed in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties. Additional animal cases are also under investigation.

Officials advise residents to protect themselves and their children by avoiding outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Outbreaks occur sporadically, according to public health officials.

EEE is one of the most unsafe mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill.

EEE is one of the most risky diseases spread by mosquito bites, leading to a 33 percent fatality rate among humans. Persons younger than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection.

Signs of EEE include the sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches which can progress to a severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis.

EEE is a rare but serious virus and the cause of encephalitis, a form of brain infection.



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