WEST WARWICK, RI (WPRI) – Rhode Island's Health Ministry announced Friday afternoon the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) since 2010 Warwick has been infected with the mosquito-borne disease.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Control (CDC), which conduct the EEE tests, today informed RIDOH of the positive outcome.
The news comes one day later Rhode The island's Department of Health announced that a horse in Westerly had tested positive for the disease, less than a week after a Fairhaven woman died following an electrical and electronic infection.
According to the island's ministry of health, a Rhode Islander died for the last time of this disease. EEE was in 2007.
"In Rhode Island, we have confirmed EEE in both horses and humans, indicating a high rate There is a risk of transmission of disease to humans due to mosquito bites, "said Ana Novais, Deputy Director of RIDOH. "Electrical and electronic equipment is a rare but very serious disease. We strongly encourage people on Rhode Island to protect themselves and their families by using insect repellents, minimizing outdoor exposure at dusk and sunrise, and wearing long sleeves and trousers outdoors. Humans must also reduce the breeding opportunities for mosquitoes by eliminating stagnant water around their homes. "
In a press conference on Friday evening, Andrea Bagnall Degos told reporters affected by electrical and electronic equipment that everyone reacts differently to the virus.
In fact, according to Andrea Bagnall Degos, 30% of people who contract the virus die.
In addition, those who become infected with the virus may not develop symptoms.
The Department of Health said the DEM added traps to capture and test more mosquitoes nationwide. The agency said the state is getting ready to carry out spray flights.
One area considering DEM is the Chapman Swamp in Westerly.
The last time that Ariel Spraying was performed was in 1996 over the town of Westerly. At the last spraying in Portsmouth in 2012.
DEM considered closing the state campsite for the holiday weekend, however, opted against it.
Instead, they sent guests of these campsites an e-mail regarding the risk of electrical and electronic equipment.
In addition, DEM sent this message to private campsites on Rhode Island.
All health care providers received a similar e-mail from the Rhode Island Department of Health regarding the risk of electrical and electronic equipment.
DEM and DOH speakers ask you to keep the time between dawn and dawn outdoors as short as possible. Apply plenty of insect repellent DEET and cover exposed skin.
Mike Healey of DEM says cities must be proactive when it comes to canceling or rescheduling events.