EEE mosquito virus: maps, states, symptoms, protect yourself

Grant Boone
September 19, 2019

Health officials don't know exactly what's causing the uptick, since unlike more prevalent mosquito-borne infections, like West Nile virus, there's not much research on what causes mosquitoes to carry EEE in a given year, a MI health department spokesperson explained.

"He was perfectly healthy, happy human being and within a matter of nine days he went from perfectly healthy to brain dead", his brother, Mark McChesney, told News 8.

Mark McChesney said he was working with his brother less than a month before that trip to the emergency room. "He loved life", Mark advised Information eight.

'Right off the bat, we were like, 'How could this happen?

Several days after Gregg McChesney had died, doctors reportedly confirmed that he had the mosquito-borne illness EEE. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an update Tuesday on eastern equine encephalitis, saying there were deaths in Cass and Van Buren counties.

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"I have three grandchildren and it's scary", Adriana Austin said.

Windsor-Essex County Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed says while the disease has been identified in Ontario, with a horse diagnosed previous year, there have no human cases.

Symptoms tend to come on suddenly and include chills, fever, malaise, arthralgia, and myalgia.

So far this year, at least 22 cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus have been reported in six states. "The ongoing cases reported in humans and animals and the severity of this disease illustrate the importance of taking precautions against mosquito bites". Rhode Island is reporting 3 cases of EEE and MA had 8 cases as of Friday, September 13, including one death. "If practical, groups can consider relocating outdoor events to an indoor space", according to a statement released by the Berrien County Health Department. "But doesn't necessarily - it doesn't act as a great predictor of risk".

In a typical year, there are just five to 10 cases in the entire US.

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