New England News
7:31 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Encephalitis Death Confirmed in Vermont

One of the two people in Vermont infected with eastern equine encephalitis spread by mosquitoes has died.

A Vermont Health Department spokesman told the Rutland Herald that the man died Tuesday.

Like West Nile virus, EEE is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Infected people can develop two types of illness. One comes on suddenly, characterized by chills, fever, malaise, joint and muscle pain, and lasts one to two weeks. The more severe illness affects the central nervous system and causes fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, convulsions and coma. Officials say about one-third of people with severe EEE die from the disease.

 

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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