The rare and deadly disease is caused by a virus spread via infected mosquitoes. It can lead to encephalitis or inflammation of the brain.
How rare is it really?
Cases of EEE are typically reported around Atlantic and Gulf Coast states, including Florida. About 5-10 cases are reported annually, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How can someone become infected?
The disease is transmitted via the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms of EEE usually appear after 4-10 days after the bite.
A mosquito in metro Atlanta tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. The rare and deadly disease is caused by a virus spread via infected mosquitoes. It can lead to encephalitis or inflammation of the brain.
What are some symptoms of EEE virus infection?
Those suffering a severe infection may initially experience headache, chills, high fever, nausea and vomiting. However, the CDC warns, the illness can escalate to seizures, disorientation or coma.
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What does treatment for EEE look like?
Doctors may encourage supportive therapy, which features respiratory support and IV fluids, but there's no effective anti-viral drug to treat EEE.
How many infected people die of EEE?
About one-third of patients who develop EEE die. Those who survive often suffer mild to severe brain damage, according to public health experts.
Who's most at risk of contracting the virus?
Anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, either working in woodland habitats or spending recreational time outside, is at increased risk because of greater exposure to mosquitoes.
How to reduce your chances of getting infected
It's all about preventing mosquito bites. Here are some tips from the CDC: