Confirmed human case of EEE in Bristol County


IN PROVIDENCE. (KW) WE’RE WORKING DEVELOPING NEWS OUT OF FAIRHAVEN… THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS JUST CONFIRMED A WOMAN IN BRISTOL COUNTY HAS CONTRACTED THE MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESS – EEE. THIS – THE FOURTH HUMAN CASE OF EEE IN MASSACHUSETTS THIS YEAR. GOOD EVENING I’M KAIT WALSH THIS COMES JUST DAYS — AFTER HEALTH OFFICIALS CONFIRMED A MAN FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS WAS EXPOSED TO THE POTENTIALLY DEADLY MOSQUITO-BORNE VIRUS. BEFORE THIS YEAR — THE LAST HUMAN CASE WAS BACK IN 2013. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER COURTNEY CARTER JOINS US WITH WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT *THIS* NEW CONFIRMED CASE AND WHY IT COULD BE OUT OF FAIRHAVEN — PLUS — SHE HAS TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF. (CC) YES, A FAMILY IN FAIRHAVEN REACHED OUT TO THEIR TOWN’S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYING THEIR LOVED ONE HAD CONTRACTED TRIPLE E. THAT’S WHAT AN OFFICIAL FROM THEIR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TOLD EYEWITNESS NEWS THIS EVENING. HERE IS WHAT YOU* CAN DO TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS… TRIPLE E HAS BECOME A THREAT TO MANY COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHCOAST MASSACHUSETTS THIS SUMMER.. AND ON SUNDAY, THE TOWN OF FAIRHAVEN POSTED *** THIS STATEMENT ON TWITTER*** “Word is circulating online about a possible EEE case in #FairhavenMA. We have not received official word from the State confirming this, but we will be sure to keep you updated as we hear more” ACCORDING TO THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TRIPLE E IS A RARE BUT SERIOUS DISEASE THAT CAN CAUSE SEVERE NEUROLOGICAL ISSUES AS WELL AS A HOST OF OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS.. EYEWITNESS NEWS HAS PREVIOUSLY SPOKEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ABOUT THE DISEASE. THEY SAY TRIPLE E CAN IMPACT THE BODY IN SEVERAL WAYS 1:22 vomiting, diareah, fever, restlessness is something else that people might experience. JOSEPH WENDELKEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS YOU COULD ALSO EXPERIENCE CHILLS AND A FEVER. WENDELKEN SAYS THE ODDS OF CONTRACTING THE DISEASE ARE VERY LOW BUT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OF SYMPTOMS YOU CAN CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR*** THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPT OF HEALTH SAYS WAYS OF PROTECTING YOURSELF INCLUDE WEARING MOSQUITO REPELLANT WITH DEET, WEARING LONG SLEEVES AND PANTS WHEN OUTDOORS AND STAYING INDOORS BETWEEN DUSK AND DAWN WHEN MOSQUITOS ARE OUT THE MOST. ANOTHER ROUND OF AERIAL SPRAYING TOOK PLACE OVER THIS WEEKEND — IN SEVERAL MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITIES — INCLUDING IN BIRSTOL AND PLYMOUTH COUNTY. (CC) THE MASS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS THERE ARE NOW 23 COMMUNITES AT CRITICAL RISK OF E-E-E WITH FAIRHAVEN LISTED AS HIGH RISK.*** NEW BEDFORD HAS SET A CURFEW ON CITY PARKS, KEEPING PEOPLE OUT

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