13 Towns in Connecticut Confirm Triple EEE

13 Towns in Connecticut Confirm Triple EEE

Towns with EEE Positive Mosquitoes = Chester, Groton, Haddam, Hampton, Killingworth, Ledyard, Madison, North Stonington, Plainfield, Shelton, South Windsor, Stonington, Voluntown

Towns with EEE Human Case = East Lyme, Old Lyme

Towns with EEE Positive Horses = Colchester, Columbia, Salem, Sterling, Voluntown

Mosquitoes in South Windsor have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

Residents in town are being urged to protect against mosquito bites.

This is the 13th town in the state reported to have mosquitoes with EEE.

Last week,a woman from East Lyme diedfrom the disease. A second human case was reported in the state.

South Windsor town manager Michael Maniscalco's says he and all of the town are defending themselves against mosquitoes that carry EEE. 

"It's a swampy area" Maniscalco said. 

EEE is spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat EEE infections.

Doctors say those under 15 and older than 50 are most susceptible, and this year, the country has surpassed national annual average in New England alone. 

"I think just about anywhere you are, you're going to be subject to mosquitoes," said Dave Schmedding. 

South Windsor already started spraying local parks and Maniscalco said schools may be next. 

"They're currently reviewing plans and trying to do what they can to make sure that the schools and all our children and residents are safe," Maniscalco said. 

Symptoms of EEE are fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms.

Towns in Connecticut that have mosquitoes that have tested positive for EEE are taking steps to prevent people from being outside.

Several towns like Clinton and East Hampton and moving after school sports and activities to earlier in the day.

Residents are being told to stay indoors between dusk and dawn, wear insect repellent with DEEP, and wear long sleeve clothing.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) - Fact Sheet

What is eastern equine encephalitis

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus.

Where is the virus found?

This virus grows in birds that live in fresh water swamps and is generally found only in these birds and in mosquitoes that usually do not bite people. Sometimes the virus gets picked up by other types of mosquitoes that bite other birds, animals, and people.

How is this virus spread?

It is spread by the bite of an infected adult mosquito. The virus is not spread directly from person-to-person.

Who gets EEE?

Anyone can get EEE if bitten by an infected mosquito but most mosquitoes in Connecticut do not carry EEE. The greatest risk for being bitten by an infected mosquito is from late July to mid October during activities near fresh water swamps.

What are the symptoms of EEE?

Early symptoms include high fever (103° - 106°F), stiff neck, severe headache, and lack of energy. The disease worsens quickly and some patients go into a coma within a week. Encephalitis (swelling of the brain) is the most dangerous symptom.

How soon do symptoms appear?

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 3 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

What is the treatment for EEE?

There is no cure for EEE. Three of every ten people who get the disease will die from it.

How can EEE be prevented?

The only way to protect yourself is to keep mosquitoes from biting you.

  • If you are outdoors at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Consider using insect repellent, according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Fix any holes in your screens and make sure they are tightly attached to all doors and windows.
  • Do not let stagnant water collect around your home. Mosquitoes can breed in water that collects in ditches, clogged gutters, old tires, wheelbarrows, or wading pools.
  • Do not camp overnight near freshwater swamps.
  • Use mosquito netting on tents.

This fact sheet is for informational purposes only. It should not be used for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider. If you think that you may have this infection, or have questions about the disease described above, you should consult your health care provider.

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