Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Last year, 4 cases of EEE were reported in Rhode Island; 2 were fatalities.In addition to humans, EEE can affect horses, some birds, and house pets and other domestic animals.
It takes from 4-10 days for an individual to develop symptoms of EEE. These symptoms begin with a sudden onset of fever, general muscle pains and a headache of increasing severity. Many individuals will progress to more severe symptoms such as seizures and coma. Approximately one-third of all people with EEE will die from the disease. Many who recover suffer permanent brain damage, and require permanent institutional care.
If you have any symptoms and think you might have EEE, contact your doctor immediately.
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