According to health officials, a rare, but very serious virus known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis is carried by mosquitoes in Connecticut. This is the very first time that the virus has been detected in this state.
The Department of Public Health previously announced that mosquitoes trapped in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown have officially tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.
As a result, they are advising all the residents in the southeastern area of Connecticut to take all the safety precautions possible against mosquitoes as to avoid contracting the virus, even though there are not many flying around during the fall season.
The tests done by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station show that the mosquitoes tested were species that bite birds as well as mammals.
The state Public Health Commissioner, Manisha Juthani’s official statement reads: “We encourage all residents of southeastern Connecticut to take some simple measures such as wearing mosquito repellent and covering their bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when they are the most active. While the detection of the EEE virus is of concern, it’s important to remember we do not expect to have a lot of mosquito activity in the month of October.”
Keep in mind that this dangerous and scary virus causes a severe case of brain inflammation in around two percent of adult infectees as well as in six percent of children infected.
Of course, the good news is that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EEE is very rare, only infecting around ten people per year.
As for this year, there are still no reported cases that have occurred in 2021 but, of course, it is still really important to take all precautions against contracting it if you can.
After all, the mortality rate is really high, at around thirty percent.
Furthermore, those who do survive it, often continue to suffer from various neurological issues for the rest of their lives.