EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis ) virus, which is considered one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne viruses in the nation.
Death of Calhoun County resident was confirmed by officials of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services from the EEE virus, a fourth Michigan citizen.
“As of Oct. 2, EEE has been confirmed in nine people, with four fatalities. Cases are in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties,” health officials said.
Center Of Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, describes EEE as “one of a group of mosquito-transmitted viruses that can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).”
A young schoolgirl of 6 from Rhode Island narrowly escaped from death after contracting to the EEE virus, her family reported.
Infected patients may suffer from stiff neck, high fever, severe headache and lack of Energy, symptoms appear in 4 to 10 days from the bite of a mosquito, with severe cases progressing to encephalitis.
Still, there is no specific treatment for the virus, one –third of EEE infected patients die. The only way to protect from virus is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
“We have had four human cases of EEE, three of which were fatal. All four were most likely exposed to infected mosquitoes sometime between August 11, 2019, and September 8, 2019, which was the peak period of mosquito activity in Connecticut,” said Dr. Matthew Cartter, a state epidemiologist with the Connecticut Department of Health, in a statement.
EEE virus cases are also reported in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, among other states.
Every year on average 5 to 10 cases of EEE are reported, CDC says, but this year its been the worst outbreak in more than 50 years in different parts of the nation.
As the mosquito thrives in warmer temperature, conditions may get worse if the temperature gets warmer then normal.