Get all your Manchester Road Race stories and information here

Connecticut Death Due To Eastern Equine Encephalitis

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

A Connecticut adult died last fall, but it was only recently known that that person died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  State health officials say the individual was tested for West Nile, and further testing after the patient’s death led to the diagnosis of EEE.

The rare, but sometimes fatal, virus comes from the bite of an infected mosquito. Agricultural experts say historically most of the activity is along the I-95 corridor and up through the greater Hartford area.

Public health officials say the circulation of the virus last year was significant. Infected mosquitoes were found in Haddam, Hampton, North Stonington, Plainfield and Voluntown.

In September, a horse in Griswold died from EEE. Now, last week a crew from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, began its yearly mosquito tracking. They expect some 200,000 mosquitoes to filter through the labs by summer’s end.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only a few cases of EEE are reported each year in the U.S., and it’s usually found in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states.

Most people infected have no apparent illness,  however severe cases begin with sudden headaches, high fever, chills and vomiting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s