CT Resident Dies After Being Diagnosed With EEE; 2nd Case Reported

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 20, 2019 - 5:47 pm
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EAST LYME, Conn. (WCBS 880) — A person in Connecticut that was diagnosed with a rare mosquito-transmitted disease died Friday, the Department of Public Heath announced.

The Department of Public Health said an adult from East Lyme, who was hospitalized with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in late August, died as a result of the illness.

The person, whose identity was not revealed, was the second case of the disease in Connecticut this season.

Health officials in the state said this is the first fatal case of the rare disease since 2013.

The department also confirmed a second unidentified Connecticut resident tested positive for EEE.

Residents are advised to protect themselves by avoiding outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.