Two Deaths Following 14 Cases of EEE Detected in The Town

Two Deaths Following 14 Cases of EEE Detected in The Town

A second person has passed away from the Eastern Equine Encephalitis, based on state health officials report.

EEE is confirmed in a total of 14 towns. Old Lyme was added to the record on Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Ned Lamont recommended people not to panic and stated it was not a health disaster. However, many people still indicated that they were concerned.

The state’s Dept. of Transportation has additionally posted electronic signs along highways throughout the state adviced people to take precautions.

The two people who became the victim of the virus lived in towns where EEE was detected in mosquitoes.

Thursday, the state Department of Public Health stated it is going to hold a conference call to discuss the latest on the virus.

Health officials mentioned Connecticut has never seen this much activity in terms of mosquitoes identified with EEE virus. In the previous season where there was a death from it was 2013.

They mentioned it takes four to 10 days after a mosquito bite to develop symptoms.

In severe cases, the signs shown as a headache, high fever, then disorientation, vomiting, seizures, and a coma. A third of patients die due to the virus. Those who survive, they have mild-to-severe brain damage.

Officials mentioned the perfect protection is to restrict time outdoors.

The cities where EEE was detected, declared 5:30 p.m. curfew at local parks and school athletic events. Others have been spraying for mosquitoes.

“Using repellent, protecting bare skin and decreasing the amount of time we’re outside ranging from an hour earlier than dusk and between dusk and dawn,” mentioned Renee Coleman-Mitchell, the DPH commissioner.