Reports show that a fourth person has died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The ages of the victims range between 40-69-years-old and they were all residents of Connecticut. “Sadly, this has been an unprecedented year for EEE activity in Connecticut,” stated Dr. Matthew Cartter, the DPH State Epidemiologist.
“Before this year we have only had one case of EEE and that was in 2013,” Cartter continued. According to officials, the four individuals who contracted the virus were infected during the high peak season for mosquito activity—which, according to officials, are sometime between August 11th and September 8th.
After further testing, it was found that over 17 additional towns were overcome with mosquito’s which are infected with the EEE virus. Health officials warn that although not everyone infected with EEE will become ill, those who do begin feeling headaches, high fever, chills, and vomiting after 4-10 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito.