A second Massachusetts resident was diagnosed with a potentially lethal Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, state health officials said late last week.
It has been confirmed that a man between the ages of 19-30 has EEE, a mosquito-borne disease, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported. The man has not been identified. Laboratory tests confirmed his diagnosis.
The case of a Worcester County resident marks the second human infection case in the state this year; the first was confirmed last week in southern Plymouth County, which is over 60 years old.
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in Worcester County is considered high risk, "according to health officials.
In Massachusetts, the DPH of the state and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)" conducted aerial spraying in specific areas of Bristol and Plymouth counties mosquitoes. risk to the population and public health, "health officials said. "The air spraying began on August 8 and ended on the night of August 11. A second round is scheduled for later next week."
EEE, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a rare disease spread by infected mosquitoes. EEEV "is one of a group of mosquito-borne viruses that can cause brain inflammation (encephalitis)," the Federal Health Agency says.
"Antibiotics are not effective against viruses and no effective antiviral drugs have been found. Serious illnesses are treated with maintenance therapy, which may include hospitalization, respiratory support, IV fluids, and the prevention of other infections. "
The EEE is more common in the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, although the CDC says some cases have been reported in the Great Lakes region. It is rare; only 5 to 10 cases are reported each year in US
Symptoms of EEE usually appear four to 10 days after a person has been bitten by an infectious mosquito. Severe cases of the virus "start with the sudden onset of headache, fever, chills and vomiting," for the CDC, which noted, " then the disease can go into disorientation, seizures and coma. "
One-third of the infected those with EEEV die, while the survivors usually have "mild to severe brain damage."
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The best way to prevent EEEV and other mosquito-borne diseases is by draining standing water – such as in bird baths, buckets or rooftop pools – as stagnant water can serve as a breeding ground for these insects. Other preventative measures include wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts while out and proper use of DEET-containing insect repellent.