Second Person Diagnosed With EEE In Connecticut Dies

Steve Burns
September 24, 2019 - 4:31 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Health officials in Connecticut say a second person has died after being diagnosed with a rare, mosquito-borne illness.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz confirmed the second death on Tuesday, just days after the state confirmed the first death from eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE.

“Both people were older adults, one was from East Lyme, the other from Old Lyme,” she said.

The identities of the deceased have yet to be released.

Health officials in the state said last week’s death was the first fatal case of the rare disease since 2013.

While residents are advised to protect themselves by avoiding outdoor activity from dusk to dawn – when mosquitoes are most active – Bysiewicz says not to panic.

She says, “There are precautions that can be taken.”

Officials also say there is good news at the mosquito population continues to drop as the winter weather approaches.