Oct 15, 2014 11:41 AM

Second person in NH dies from EEE this season, DHHS says


A second person has died from EEE in New Hampshire this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The third confirmed human case this season is in an adult from Manchester who is thought to have been exposed at the end of August, DHHS said.

That adult died in mid-September from the virus, DHHS said.

Testing for the adult was complicated and EEE was not confirmed until the death.

Other EEE positive tests this year include 2 animals, and 18 mosquito batches. The only positive for West Nile Virus this season was one mosquito batch.

"Our sympathies are with the family of this individual as they grieve the unfortunate death of their loved one," said DHHS Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero. "It is important that everyone in New Hampshire remember to continue to take steps in order to prevent mosquito bites to themselves and their loved ones until the season ends with a hard frost."

Symptoms of EEE disease often appear 4 to 10 days after someone is bitten by an infected mosquito.

About one-third of people who contract EEE die, usually from brain damage. Many times it leaves the patient unable to breathe on their own.

A patient from Conway who had EEE died earlier this year.

A second person from Hopkinton who had EEE has been released from the hospital.

There have been 15 confirmed human cases of EEE in New Hampshire since 2004 when they first started seeing cases. Five of those people have died.

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