There are several counties from Massachusetts that are currently spraying for mosquitoes in order to prevent the spread of a deadly virus. We are talking about the Eastern equine encephalitis.
Spraying in Bristol and Plymouth started on Thursday evening. The government decided to do this after the mosquitoes in the area tested positive for the EEE virus. This meant that they were at high risk for humans.
As per the Centers for Disease Control, EEE is a deadly virus, which can kill one-third of people who get infected.
Andria Rusk said that the virus is very dangerous. She’s a research professor and a member of the Global Health Consortium, Florida International University. However, we need to keep in mind that it is rare. There are about 7 cases every year in the U.S. in Canada, there has been only one human case, according to reports. Most of the cases happen in Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and New York.
What are the symptoms?
They are similar to those of many viral infections, such as flu. So people deal with headache, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. But some more subtle symptoms make the difference.
There could be mood changes, irritability, drowsiness, and anorexia. When a person experiences these symptoms, they might need to go to the hospital. In time, patients can also develop disorientation, seizures, and even coma. Most of the deaths happen within 2 to 10 days from the first symptoms. Many of the survivors are left with permanent brain damage.
If you got the encephalitic form of the disease, it’s probable that you will also have to deal with some pretty severe neurological sequelae – conditions that come as a result of the disease.
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