Fifth Person Died from EEE in Michigan, Say State Health Officials

Fifth Person Died from EEE in Michigan, Say State Health Officials

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A resident of Indiana has died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), the uncommon but severe mosquito-borne illness. The person belonged to Elkhart County. It is the first-ever case of death from EEE in the region for the past two decades. Reportedly, it is the fourth case in the Hoosier state since 1964. As per state health commissioner, Dr. Kris Box, it seems difficult to lose a family member because of a mosquito bite. He noted mosquitos carry life-threatening diseases; thus, a mosquito bite may cost live. Apart from this, EEE has killed another man, Henry Hess, 72, residing in West Michigan. He is the second resident if Cass County to have died from EEE in the current year. As of today, the mosquito-borne illness has killed five people in 2019.

Lynn Sutfin, a representative of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said Hess started revealing symptoms before Sept. 30. At the time, the state had started aerial spraying to destroy mosquitoes carrying EEE. The news follows a previous announcement of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Last month, the agency had announced some cases of Eastern equine encephalitis. At the time, it had also announced the demise of two people due to the mosquito-borne illness. EEE is an uncommon disease that spreads from the bite of an infected mosquito. Still, 1 out of 3 people dies due to EEE. Even more, the illness has affected half of the people residing in Michigan in the current year. The disease results in brain inflammation. Thus survivors of the disease may impose slight or severe harm to the brain.

As per the CDC, some of the symptoms of the severe form of EEE include high fever, vomiting, headaches, and chills. To date, health agencies across the globe do not have a precise treatment to treat the fatal infection. The federal health agency notes experts use supportive therapy to cure severe forms of EEE. It also includes measures like hospitalization, IV fluids, respiratory support, and prevention of other diseases. On account of the surging EEE epidemic, the MDHHS is recommending people to use mosquito repellent and follow other measures to avoid contraction of the disease.