EEE mosquito virus: maps, states, symptoms, protect yourself

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Cases of a deadly mosquito-borne virus called EEE have prompted health officials in MI to urge the public to cancel or reschedule outdoor events after dusk, especially if those events include children.

Doctors confirmed Mr McChesney had Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) -- a rare mosquito-borne virus which has killed three people in Michigan, US, this year.

The first case of human Eastern Equine Encephalitis of the season has been confirmed in CT, the second ever to be reported in the state, according to the Department of Public Health. "Based on the positive findings this year, the fact that mosquito sampling indicates abundant numbers of mosquitoes, and that environmental conditions are optimal for continued mosquito breeding, a high risk of occurrence of human cases exists".

Unexpectedly he had a seizure and next thing recognize, he is in the ER, and he just did not come out of it. It's not exactly clear why cases are up this year, but it could be due to increased rainfall, as cases of EEE tend to happen in swampy areas, according to the CDC.

EEE is one of the most unsafe mosquito-borne diseases in the country, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who contract it, the news release said.

Gregg McChesney, 64, died last month after a "nine-day illness", according to his obituary. The other four confirmed cases were in Kalamazoo, Berrien, and Barry counties. Rhode Island is reporting 3 cases of EEE and MA had 8 cases as of Friday, September 13, including one death.

The virus, which spreads through infected mosquitos usually found near hardwood swamps, carries symptoms that include coma, fever, and brain swelling.

"We normally see this mosquito come out in MI in late June, early July, then tail off and disappear", said Walker.

"Late July, he was here at the farm helping me put docks in at the pond", Mark McChesney told the station. MI has been experiencing the worst EEE outbreak since 2002. That means using an EPA-approved mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers in wooded, swampy areas, and getting rid of standing water in flower pots, bird baths and anything else in your yard that holds water.

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