Connecticut health authorities issued a report last Saturday (2) in which they reveal the presence of mosquitoes infected with the eastern equine encephalomyelitis virus, a disease considered rare and dangerous.
According to the American broadcaster CBS News, the mosquitoes were captured on September 23 in the Pachaug State Forest, in Voluntown. They tested positive for the virus.
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Health officials are recommending that residents of southeast Connecticut take precautions against mosquitoes when walking in these areas.
Tests by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station show that the infected mosquitoes were of species that tend to bite birds and mammals, the station reports.
“We encourage Southeast Connecticut residents to take simple steps, such as using mosquito repellent and covering their skin, especially during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active,” says Manisha Juthani, State Commissioner for Public Health, quoted. by CBS News.
She clarifies that, although the detection of eastern equine encephalomyelitis is worrying, with the arrival of autumn (northern hemisphere), mosquitoes become less active.
The American broadcaster reminds that this disease transmitted by insects causes severe brain inflammation in about 2% of infected adults and 6% of children. Eastern equine encephalitis is considered rare, occurring in about five out of every 10 people during a year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, quoted by CBS News.
No human cases have been reported in the United States this year and although the condition is rare, the mortality rate is high, around 30%, explains the station. Furthermore, many who recover from the infection continue to have neurological problems.
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