Man Infected With Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in MA

Florida and Massachusetts Maximum Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases reported

EEE is fatal in some cases and in others it leaves irreversible disabilities

I recently did a story about mosquitos and the diseases they carry after seeing reports of a possible case of EEE, Eastern Equine Encephalitis in our region.

The recent infection, confirmed in a man over 60 years old from southern Plymouth County, "is evidence of the significant risk from EEE and we are asking residents to take this risk very seriously", Dr. Monica Bharel, the state's public health commissioner, said in a statement over the weekend.

"Life was flipped upside down for my family this week".

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages.

EEE is one of three mosquito-transmitted diseases present in New Hampshire, along with West Nile Virus and Jamestown Canyon virus. EEE is more commonly found in eastern MA than in New Hampshire.

Symptoms of EEE typically appear four to 10 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. People can develop flu-like illness, including fever, headache, and muscle and joint pains.

The best way to prevent EEE virus and other mosquito-borne ailments is by draining standing water - like in birdbaths, buckets or on pool covers - as stagnant water can serve as a breeding ground for these insects.

Protect oneself from mosquito bites, including wearing long-sleeve shirts, long trousers, and socks; consider using mosquito repellent.

A MA man has contracted a risky mosquito-borne virus amid warnings about serious risk of infection in the state.

The nine communities now at critical risk are Carver, Lakeville, Marion, Middleborough, Rochester, and Wareham in Plymouth County and Acushnet, Freetown, and New Bedford in Bristol County.

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