Rhode Island Resident Dies From EEE

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 11, 2019

The unidentified patient, who was in their 50s and lived in West Warwick, died on Sunday, according to a release from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

It was the state's first human case of EEE since 2010 and their first fatal case of EEE since 2007, the agency said.

EEE is extremely rare, with an average of just seven cases nationwide each year - primarily in Massachusetts, Florida, New York and North Carolina.

Town are expansively spraying and, in Massachusetts, US Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren have requested any research the National Institutes of Health has on EEE.

Health officials say the individual tested positive for EEE on August 30. They were the second person to die within a week in the United States from the rare disease.

A horse in Westerly, Rhode Island was diagnosed with EEE and two mosquitoes carrying the disease have been detected have occurred in Central Falls, with two others in Westerly.

It was first detected in MA in 1831 and typically affects about an equal number of horses and humans every year: about five to 10.

The CDC says that people over 50 and under 15 years old are more susceptible to the illness, which starts to show symptoms four to ten days after infection.

Occasionally, the disease can cause seizures or life-threatening brain swelling (encephalitis).

There is no cure and treatments consists of supportive therapy such as respiratory support and IV fluids.

About one-third of those with EEE die from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In late August, Massachusetts reported that a woman had died after being infected with the illness.

The individual died in Rhode Island on Sunday only nine days after the state announced the confirmed case.

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