STONINGTON, CT mosquitoes trapped in Stonington, North Stonington and Voluntown have been tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE. And among those who are infected with the virus are those who are known to bite people, health officials say.
As a result, residents of all three cities are advised to avoid outdoor activities "from one hour to an hour after sunrise and sunset," according to the health director of the Ledge Light Health District as the Uncas Health District.
"EEE is a rare but serious disease caused by a mosquito-borne virus that has historically been found in trapped mosquitoes in Connecticut, but only one person has died of EEE," Ledge said Light, director of health Stephen Mansfield.
In Stonington, mosquitoes have been tested positively on Barn Island and near Stonington High School. In the latter case, three mosquitoes, a large number compared to the others, tested positive for the virus. In North Stonington, in an area that is long, the Pawcatuck River and near exit 93 of the I-95 was tested positive. In Voluntown on August 21
The Connecticut Department of Health issued its own warning.
DPH Commissioner Renée Coleman Mitchell said it was "important for all residents of Connecticut, especially in the southeastern part of the state, to take the recommended precautions against mosquito bites seriously."
The virus has also been found in mosquitoes in Chester, Haddam, Hampton , and Killingworth.
The Centers for Disease Control states that although the virus is rare in humans and the subsequent disease, it has no symptoms, which is even worse.
The CDC says from the time of an infected mosquito biting to illness can range from four to 10 days and can result either systemically or encephalitically, "with brain swelling, hereafter referred to as EEE." Symptoms include chills, fever, tiredness, tremors, confusion, and joint and muscle pain. The disease can last for one to two weeks if there is no "involvement of the central nervous system", which would be the worst case scenario for this virus and includes brain inflammation, encephalitis, which can lead to coma, convulsions and death.
So far, there were only an average of six cases a year in the US. The first human case of electrical and electronic equipment in Connecticut was in 2013. The person died.
But now there are four confirmed cases in Massachusetts of people coming into contact with the virus and one death.
This is a doctor from Tuft's Medical Center talking about the virus.
There is no vaccine against electrical and electronic equipment. However, there are many ways that you can avoid being bitten, such as B. to stay in the house.
Additional precautionary measures against mosquito bites:
• Make sure that the window and door windows are tight and in good condition.
• Wear outdoor shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The clothing material should be tight woven.
• Use a mosquito net when sleeping outdoors.
• Use mosquito repellent if you need to be outdoors and always use it according to the instructions on the label. The most effective repellents contain DEET or picaridine. Lemon eucalyptus oil is also effective during short-term exposure.
• When using DEET, use the lowest effective concentration for the time spent outdoors (eg 6% take about 2 hours and 20% 4 hours) and wash the treated skin when you return home. Do not apply under clothing, on wounds or irritated skin, on children's hands or on infants under 2 months. Measures to combat mosquitoes in the home include:
• Dispose of water containing containers such as ceramic pots, used tires and tire swings, and clogged gutters.
• Drill holes in the bottom of containers as they are used for recycling.
• Weekly water changes in bird baths.
• Clean and chlorinate pools and cover pools when not in use.
• Use landscaping to remove areas where water may accumulate on your property.