Cases Of Rare Mosquito-Borne Virus Rise As Conn. Resident Dies

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 22, 2019 - 3:37 pm



NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The U.S. is seeing an increase in reported cases of eastern equine encephalitis, and officials in Connecticut are warning residents to take precautions after the rare and potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease killed a resident of the state last week.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the U.S. normally sees five to ten cases of EEE each year on average. This year we’ve seen more than 20; three cases have been confirmed in New Jersey and two in Connecticut.

One of the Connecticut cases resulted in the death of an adult in East Lyme, according to state health officials.

The mosquito-borne virus has an extremely high fatality rate; about 30 percent of people who get it end up dying from it.

There’s no vaccine or specific treatment.

Other fatalities this year have been reported in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Michigan.

Connecticut health officials are urging people to use bug spray, cover up bare skin and avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn.

They say that warning stands until the first hard frost of the winter, when mosquitoes die off or go dormant.

Connecticut residents can find additional information about the EEE virus here.