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2 more people diagnosed with EEE in Rhode Island


few sprinkles after Midnight (MM) A MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESS CONTINUES TO SPREAD HERE IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. (HE) AS WE FIRST REPORTED ON EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE AT FIVE … TWO ADDITIONAL HUMAN CASES OF EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN RHODE ISLAND. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH — BOTH PEOPLE ARE NOW RECOVERING AT HOME AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. (MM) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER MOLLY O’BRIEN JOINS US NOW FROM THE NEWSROOM WITH MORE ON—– THE STATE’S RESPONSE TO THESE NEW HUMAN CASES OF TRIPLE-E. NEW TONIGHT. (MO) WE’VE LEARNED A CHILD UNDER 10 —-AND AN ADULT IN THEIR 50’S ARE BOTH RECOVERING AT HOME TONIGHT AFTER THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BELIEVES THEY WERE INFECTED WITH EEE IN LATE AUGUST–BEFORE TARGETED AERIAL SPRAYING TOOK PLACE. NOW THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND DEM ARE CONSIDERING ADDITIONAL AERIAL SPRAYING. THERE ARE NOW THREE HUMAN EEE CASES CONFIRMED IN RHODE ISLAND FOR 2019. TUESDAY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED A CHILD FROM COVENTRY UNDER 10 YEARS OLD AND AN ADULT IN THEIR 50’S FROM CHARLESTOWN ARE RECOVERING FROM THE RARE AND SERIOUS VIRUS. ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, THE FIRST RHODE ISLANDER TO TEST POSITIVE FOR EEE PASSED AWAY. “We’re doing everything that we can possibly do to protect public health.” “Normally, human EEE cases are on the rare side, we usually see between 7-10 EEE cases diagnosed in the U.S. for a year, so we’ve had three just in Rhode Island just this year,” WENDELKEN SAYS IT IS AN EXTREMELY ACTIVE SEASON FOR MOSQUITO BORN DISEASE. THIS WEEK, CONNECTICUT ANNOUNCED THE FIRST HUMAN CASE OF EEE THIS SEASON, EIGHT PEOPLE IN MASSACHUSETTS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS, ONE WOMAN PASSED AWAY. BACK IN RHODE ISLAND, ONE HORSE AND THREE DEER HAVE ALSO TESTED POSITIVE FOR EEE. WITH A RISE IN CONFIRMED CASES, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IS CONSIDERING ADDITIONAL AERIAL SPRAYING. HEALEY SAYS DEM IS COMMUNICATING WITH LEGISLATIVE LEADERS AND BUDGET ISN’T AN ISSUE. “What we’ve been told is, do what you have to do, to protect public health,” HEALEY ESTIMATES THE DEM HAS SPENT AROUND 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS SO FAR ON AERIAL SPRAYING TREATMENTS… AND THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE. (MO) THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS AERIAL SPRAYING SCHEDULED TONIGHT FOR PORTIONS OF BRISTOL AND PLYMOUTH COUNTY.

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