A Connecticut resident contaminated with Eastern equine encephalitis has died in the state’s first fatality from the illness since 2013, health officers stated.
Eastern equine encephalitis is a uncommon however probably deadly sickness brought on by mosquito bites. Several states in the northeast have reported instances of the sickness in current weeks, together with a second loss of life reported in Massachusetts on Friday.
In Connecticut, in addition to the loss of life of the primary person recognized this yr, health officers introduced a second person has examined optimistic for Eastern equine encephalitis.
They urged residents to guard themselves and their youngsters by avoiding outside exercise from nightfall to daybreak, when mosquitoes are most energetic.
The patient who examined optimistic is an grownup who turned sick through the second week of September and stays hospitalized. Laboratory checks by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of antibodies to the virus that causes the illness.
“The identification of two Connecticut residents with EEE, one of whom has passed away, emphasizes the seriousness of this infection,” stated Renée Coleman Mitchell of the state Department of Public Health.
“Using insect repellent, covering bare skin and avoiding being outdoors from dusk to dawn are effective ways to help keep you from being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes continue to be active until the first heavy frost.”
States all through the Northeast are experiencing an energetic season for EEE.
In Massachusetts, there have been 10 confirmed human instances in the commonwealth. Another patient, Laurie Sylvia, died in August.
Health officers are urging folks to make use of bug spray, cut back pores and skin publicity and keep indoors as soon as the solar begins to go down and at daybreak.
In addition to the Massachusetts and Connecticut instances, there are confirmed human instances in Michigan and Rhode Island. Three folks in Michigan and one person in Rhode Island have died.
Typically, solely 5 to 10 human instances of the illness are reported yearly, however about 30% of all instances consequence in loss of life, based on the CDC. Early signs of the illness happen about 4 to 10 days after publicity, and may embrace headache, excessive fever, chills, physique and joint aches. It can turn into extreme encephalitis or mind swelling that may trigger tremors, seizures and paralysis.