Mosquitoes in South Windsor test positive for EEE

Mosquitoes in South Windsor test positive for EEE

Mosquitoes in South Windsor test positive for EEE

"While we are always concerned about more common mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile virus, we also need to be vigilant for rare, but severe viruses, like Eastern equine encephalitis", Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said in a statement.

Shaw's death marks the first EEE fatality in the state since 2013, and the seventh to date this year. Connecticut's Department of Health confirmed that there was a second case of EEE in an adult resident from Old Lyme who has bee hospitalized since the second week of September, according to WFSB.

"The identification of two CT residents with EEE, one of whom had passed away, emphasizes the seriousness of this infection", DPH Commissioner Renee Coleman Mitchell, said in the news release. They're urging people to avoid mosquito bites when outdoors by wearing mosquito repellent and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. "Until we get some deep freeze and the mosquitoes are gone, it's possible that we can continue to see this spreading across the state", she says.

The prior fatalities were recorded in MA (2), Rhode Island (1) and MI (3).

That person was from East Lyme who contracted the virus in August. There is no vaccine for the disease.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are most active.