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A Woman In Massachusetts Died From EEE.

A woman from Fairhaven has reportedly died of Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health told WBSM News. Laurie Sylvia, 50, is the fourth person to be infected with the virus.

The DPH announced in August 10 the first human case of EEE in Massachusetts since 2013 where a male over 60 years old from southern Plymouth County was confirmed to be infected with the virus.

The case led to raising the risk level in nine communities namely Carver, Lakeville, Marion, Middleborough, Rochester, Wareham in Plymouth, and Acushnet, Freetown and New Bedford in Bristol.A

The DPH reported in August 16 its second human case of EEE found in eastern Worcester County. A man in his late 20s living near a farm in Grafton has contracted the virus hence adding the place to the list of those in danger to be affected by the disease.A

On August 23, a man over 60 years of age from northern Franklin County was confirmed to have contracted EEE, thus confirming the third case of the virus affecting humans. The risk level in Franklin was then escalated to critical.

The virus primarily affecting horses has also spread to other animals around those times like a goat from Bristol, a bird from New Bedford's Buttonwood Park, and two other horses from Mendon and Uxbridge.

The ( Massachusetts case comes less than two weeks following health officials in Michigan issued a warning against the virus.A

The ( Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) warn their residents of the mosquito-borne disease causing 90 percent fatality rate in infected horses.

Humans can also contract the disease when bitten by mosquitoes carrying the virus and manifest symptoms like headache, fever, drowsiness, restlessness, irritability, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis and convulsions.

There is a 33 percent fatality rate after falling ill, according to Lynn Sutfin of the MDHHS.A

While vaccines for horses are available, there is no vaccine approved for human use as of yet.

Patients can recover from the disease with proper evaluation and treatment though, but those who do may develop brain abnormalities.

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Date:Aug 26, 2019
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