The EEE virus goes viral

Megan Lavery, Staff Reporter

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As of Oct 29, 10 cases of the deadly EEE virus have been reported within eight different cities in Michigan this year. Eastern equine encephalitis, more commonly known as EEE or Triple E has been reported within West Michigan. EEE is a quick acting virus that can lead to severe brain damage and even death to those inflicted. Triple E, while rare, has led to eight deaths nationwide, four of which were in Michigan. 

The EEE virus’s symptoms, which begin to appear three to five days after the initial bite, are similar to that of the flu, including fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, discoloration of the skin, convulsions and even coma. Death usually occurs within two to 10 days after the onset of symptoms occur. EEE virus has about a 35 percent death rate, although most of the survivors are permanently disabled.

EEE first showed up in the United States in 1831, when roughly 75 horses died seemingly unexpectedly. While normally EEE is very rare in Michigan, the virus has made a resurgence during this fall season. There are a few methods to keeping yourself safe from the mosquito borne virus. Dumping water from mosquito breeding sites outside your home, such as buckets, kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes could lay eggs amd

Maintaining windows and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside are a few ways to keep yourself and your family safe. 

There is no definite cure for the EEE virus as of yet, so residents of the inflicted states are cautioned to stay inside during dawn and dusk, and to wear long, protective clothing. Athletes are advised to keep themselves coated with bugspray, as this virus is predicted to last until the mosquitos die out after the first snowfall. 

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