5-year-old Sudbury girl in critical condition after contracting EEE virus

Henrietta Strickland
September 10, 2019

Water troughs should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas.

NJ Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher said, "as more cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis are reported, we strongly encourage horse owners to check their records to verify that their animals are protected from this disease, or to know if vaccination is needed".

A woman in her 60s and a girl under 18 have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, public health officials announced Friday. Further details on the man's condition were not provided.

"As a result, the risk level in Ashland, Hopedale, and Milford has been raised to critical and the risk level in Bellingham, Blackstone and Millville has been raised to high", health officials said.

In whole, there are 32 communities now at significant risk, 39 at high threat, and 121 at average risk for the EEE virus in MA.

"Even as the weather begins to cool, it remains critically important that people take steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel.

Sophia Garabedian
Sophia Garabedian

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

For more information and resources about vector-borne diseases, such as EEE and West Nile virus, visit www.phsd.ca or call 705.522.9200, ext.

Ten cases of the virus have been diagnosed this year and the last five were diagnosed within the last two weeks. However, people can still contract EEE from mosquitoes. There is no human vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for EEE virus infections.

EEE and West Nile virus, like other viral diseases affecting horses' neurological system, must be reported within 48 hours of diagnosis to the state veterinarian at 609-671-6400.

Use an insect repellent approved by Health Canada and follow the application recommendations on the package.

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