Health officials urge caution following 1 death from mosquito virus
Health officials are urging residents to protect themselves after a potentially deadly mosquito virus that has caused one American death.
It’s eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and two cases have been reported from mosquito bites in Alabama, causing one death.
The virus can be fatal to about 30% of those infected.
It has also been detected in horses in New York, but no human cases have been reported in the tri-state area.
EEE symptoms include fever, chills, aches and pain, but if those are the only symptoms, most recover within a week or two, the CDC says.
A more severe case involves neurologic disease, which is indicated by vomiting, seizures, behavioral changes and more.
To best protect yourself, the CDC recommends bug spray, particularly at dawn and dusk, and to wear long-sleeved clothing.