Second Human Case of EEE Virus in State Confirmed in Grafton

Henrietta Strickland
August 17, 2019

Here are a few simple tips to live a mosquito-free summer. EEE infections in horses are not a significant risk factor for human infection because horses (like humans) are considered to be "dead-end" hosts for the mosquito-borne virus.

There have been eight reported human EEE deaths in Onondaga and Oswego counties since 1971.

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) said the positive results, which marked the first of 2019 for the state, highlights the importance of taking precautions when dealing with mosquitos. Wearing long sleeves, pants, and socks is also recommended.

State and local health officials announced the risk increase on August 10 after a resident identified only as someone living in southern Plymouth County had contracted the mosquito-born virus.

New Jersey saw its first case of EEE in July.

The patient in MA is reportedly in a coma. A Thursday Facebook post from his daughter indicated that his status remained unchanged.

"Approximately 30% of people with EEE die and many survivors have ongoing neurological problems", the Center for Disease Control said.

Symptoms such as chills, malaise, fever, muscle pain, and joint pain can start between four and 10 days after a bite from an infected mosquito and can last one to two weeks. The illness may lead to disorientation, seizures or coma.

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