Fourth victim dies in MI from mosquito-borne illness EEE

UConn adjusts time of football game to reduce EEE risk

UConn adjusts time of football game to reduce EEE risk

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station posts updated maps of EEE activity in the state along with other details here. "All four residents live in a part of eastern CT where EEE activity has not been a problem before this summer".

Al Gettman catches mosquitoes for scientists to research and get answers about why EEE is spiking so much this year. "The mosquitos that spread EEE are still active and were caught in traps set October 1 in southwest Michigan", stated the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in a press release.

"Aerial treatment will continue, depending on weather (temperature, cloud cover, wind and rain) until all areas of risk are treated or there is a hard frost, sufficient to kill mosquitos", stated the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in a press release. There are no plans to implement widespread pesticide sprays in the State. Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz has attributed the spread of the virus to climate change, citing the number of infections in nearby states and the number of cases that have happened so late in the year.

In addition to the MI deaths, three people have died in MA, three in CT and one person has died in Rhode Island.

The suspension of school and town sponsored activities from dusk to dawn, when mosquitos are most active. Some people only have mild flu-like symptoms but others develop more serious illnesses. The illness may then progress to disorientation, seizures, or coma.

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Areas of concern in Connecticut remain in southeastern towns from the lower Connecticut River valley to the Rhode Island border region where mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus.

EEE is rare and serious illness transmitted to humans by a mosquito bite and had already killed at least at least nine people in the US in 2019. Overnight camping or other substantial outdoor exposure in freshwater swamps in CT should be avoided.

The CDC says that a third of patients infected with EEE die from the brain-infecting virus and there is no human vaccine against the virus.

"This is a very, very unusual year we're having here in southern New England". "It is absolutely essential that people take steps to avoid being bitten by a mosquito". This year, we have had four human cases of Powassan virus infection, one of which ended in a fatality.

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