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Another EEE death in New England confirmed by health officials



The Rhode Island Health Authority says a person infected with EEE virus in West Warwick has died. Health officials said the man was in his 50s. The victim was first diagnosed with the virus on August 30 and died on September 8, health officials said. The death is Rhode Island's first case of eastern equine encephalitis since 2010 and the first case of fatal EEE in humans since 2007. Here are the symptoms of EEE and tips for avoiding it. The news comes just days after the Massachusetts Department of Health announced two additional cases, bringing the state's total to seven. A 60-year-old woman from Worcester County is infected, as well as a 5-year-old Sudbury girl, officials said. The total number of human cases of EEE this year in Massachusetts is already seven. Lori Sylvia, 59, of South Bristol County, died of the virus in August while receiving treatment for the infection. EEE is rare and potentially fatal. One third of those infected with the EEE virus die, while survivors usually have mild to severe brain damage. There is no specific treatment for the infection. This year, hundreds of mosquitoes across the country have tested positive for EEE, including species that can bite mammals. Usually, insects transmit the virus to birds. "Although temperatures have cooled, it is not uncommon for human EEF cases to be confirmed in September," Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said in a statement. "That is why we continue to urge society to take seriously the threat that mosquitoes can pose and take steps to avoid being bitten."

The Rhode Island Health Authority says a person infected with the EEE virus in West Warwick has died.

Health officials say the man is in his 50s.

The victim was first diagnosed with the virus on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 8, health officials said.

Death is Rhode Island's first case of Eastern equine encephalitis since 2010 and the first fatal case of human EEF since 2007.] The news comes just days after the Massachusetts Department of Health announced two additional cases, bringing the total to seven.

A 60-year-old woman from Worcester County in Worcester is infected, as well as a 5-year-old Sudbury girl, officials said.

The total number of human EEE cases this year in Massachusetts is seven.

Laurie Sylvia, 59, of southern Bristol County, died of the virus in August while receiving treatment for the infection.

EEE is rare and potentially fatal. One third of those infected with the EEE virus die, while survivors usually have mild to severe brain damage.

There is no specific treatment for the infection.

This year, hundreds of mosquitoes across the country have tested positive for EEE, including species that can bite mammals. Usually, insects transmit the virus to birds.

"Although temperatures have cooled down, it is not uncommon for human EEE cases to be confirmed in September," Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Brel said in a statement. "That is why we continue to urge society to take seriously the threat that mosquitoes can pose and take steps to avoid being bitten."


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