RI resident dies days after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Henrietta Strickland
Сентября 11, 2019

The Rhode Island Department of Health announced the death of an adult in their 50s from West Warwick on Monday.

This is the state's first case of EEE since 2010 and the first death from the virus since 2007.

Laurie Sylvia was being treated for the virus at Tufts Medical Center in Boston when she passed away in August.

Within two days, they had died.

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services in MI reported Friday that a person in Kalamazoo county died from EEE.

And in MA, there have been seven confirmed cases with one death confirmed in a 59-year-old woman.

It also marks the third death in the United States this year after cases were reported in MA and in MI. It can develop into severe encephalitis or brain swelling which can cause tremors, seizures and paralysis.

The health department says a second night of anti-mosquito spraying is scheduled for Monday in two areas of the state. It added that mosquitoes carrying EEE have been identified in MA and CT this year, some in areas that border Rhode Island.

Just days earlier, Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services in MI announced on Friday that someone in the state had died from EEE, according to CNN.

Spraying is occurring within four miles of positive samples and cases.

"We continue to urge the public to protect themselves from this disease by using mosquito repellent and taking other precautions, and for those in high and critical risk areas, by rescheduling outdoor activities during evening hours", said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux.

Sylvia was being treated at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after contracting the unsafe mosquito-borne virus that causes brain swelling in humans, said Jeremy Lechan, Tufts' senior media relations specialist.

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