Rhode Island Resident Dies From EEE

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 11, 2019

The health department said Monday the West Warwick, Rhode Island resident was over 50 and died Sunday. Officials announced on August 30 that the person, who has not been identified, had contracted the virus and was in critical condition.

This is the state's first case of EEE since 2010 and the first death from the virus since 2007. Just nine days later, on September 8, the individual had died from the disease.

Early symptoms of the disease occur about 4-10 days after exposure and can include headache, high fever, chills, body and joint aches.

Rhode Island is conducting aerial mosquito treatments across four areas of the state that officials have determined are at a critical risk.

Occasionally, the disease can cause seizures or life-threatening brain swelling (encephalitis).

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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The disease has also been found in mosquitoes in Central Falls and Westerly and in a horse in Westerly.

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

About one-third of those with EEE die from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Michigan, there have been at least three confirmed cases, including the person who died, and two possible cases of the illness, a press release from Michigan Health officials said.

The individual died in Rhode Island on Sunday only nine days after the state announced the confirmed case.

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