Eastern Equine Encephalitis Outbreak reported in Florida and Massachusetts

Florida and Massachusetts: Maximum Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases reported

August 2019 has been the peak season for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE threat in Florida and Massachusetts.

The recent reports have revealed that South-Eastern Massachusetts is currently an extremely high-risk zone for Eastern Equine Encephalitis’s threat.

Monica Bharel is the Public Health Commissioner in Massachusetts. On Saturday, she announced that the Southern Plymouth County has witnessed the very first man suffering from Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

In fact, it is the foremost human case, since 2013. The predicted risk, according to the risk assessment level is the highest than its ever been. The predicted risks are critical for over nine communities in Plymouth as well as the Bristol counties.

The reports have revealed, the risk level in Southboro and Westboro is comparatively moderate. Also, in the other areas Middlesex counties and Worcester, the risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis is very little.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Florida and Massachusetts: Maximum Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases reported

The EEE disease transmission cycle.

The United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed, Eastern Equine Encephalitis is very rare. An infected mosquito bite leads to serious infection.

The symptoms of Eastern Equine Encephalitis include,

  • Unexpectedly high fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
Florida and Massachusetts: Maximum Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases reported

EEE is fatal in some cases and in others it leaves irreversible disabilities.

The state epidemiologist at the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences in Massachusetts Department of Public Health Doctor, Catherine Brown shared, EEE is a very rare but fatal disease. It is a very severe disease. Furthermore, she warned, the disease may leave irreversible disabilities.

The cases of EEE are extremely rare in human beings.

The highest number of EEE cases reported-

Florida tops the list of the place with the maximum Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases reported. It is followed by Massachusetts, which is the place with the second-highest number of cases reported.

The researchers have been active every year. These annual state tests on the mosquitoes, begin in the month of June and last up to September.

The executive director of the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project, Timothy Deschamps shared, there are no predictive specifications as to when the virus will appear.

Westboro Department of Public Health revealed in a press release that the EEE virus wasn’t found in the mosquitoes in the year 2018.

Consequently, we may note, Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases are not seen every year. However, 2019 has been particularly inviting for EEE.

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