Eastern Equine Encephalitis reports from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts (2), Michigan (2), New York (2), and Rhode Island; and West Nile Virus reports from Connecticut and Massachusetts (2).

 

Connecticut 08/31/10 wfsb.com: State health officials said the first mosquitoes to test positive for eastern equine encephalitis have been trapped in North Stonington.  Health officials said while the bugs trapped in North Stonington tested positive for EEE virus, mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus had previously been trapped in New Haven.  “Identification of mosquitoes infected with eastern equine encephalitis virus in eastern Connecticut is not surprising at this time of year,” said Theodore G. Andreadis, Ph.D., Chief Medical Entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.  Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus have been identified in 19 Connecticut towns this season: Bethel, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Manchester, Meriden, Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, New Britain, New Haven, Orange, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, West Haven, Westport and Wethersfield.  Two people, living in New Haven and Trumbull, have been reported with (West Nile Virus) infections this year.

Florida 08/31/10 weartv.com: A horse in Molino had to be put down after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Georgia 08/27/10 newscentralga.com: by Celeste Smith – According to public health officials with the North Central Health District, a horse in Bibb County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  Public Information Officer Jennifer Jones tells NewsCentral, no human cases of the virus have been reported within the district.

Massachusetts 08/31/10 southcoasttoday.com: by Anika Clark – Acushnet, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford and Rochester all remain on a list of many towns the state has deemed at “high risk” for human EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) exposure, superintendents in several local districts are ringing in the new school year on high alert.  By Monday afternoon, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health had reported 53 pools of mosquitoes testing positive for EEE — almost all of them in Bristol and Plymouth counties — and 60 pools that tested positive for West Nile virus.  Last week, a 43-year-old resident of Middleboro was hospitalized for EEE and was in critical condition as of Friday. DPH spokeswoman Julia Hurley said she didn’t have an update on his condition Monday, then, citing patient privacy issues, said the department is not providing updates to the media. A Suffolk County woman was also recently hospitalized with West Nile virus but is expected to recover.

Massachusetts 08/30/10 telegram.com: by Bradford L. Miner – The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) will be spraying 59 streets and roads in the northwest part of town between 8 and midnight tonight to kill adult mosquitoes. Mosquitoes with Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus were confirmed Wednesday and Thursday in surveillance traps set by the state Department of Public Health in the Bolton Flats area off Still River Road. CMMCP has coordinated with the Nashoba Associated Board of Health and Bolton town officials.

Michigan 08/30/10 mlive.com: by Rosemary Parker – With the number of dead horses in Michigan now at 87, including the first case, last week, in Allegan County, a local veterinarian is using Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to his patients about the continuing threat of Eastern equine encephalitis.  That number, which includes those horses with a veterinarian’s clinical diagnosis of the disease, confirmed blood tests and tests pending, has risen from 75 just nine days ago.

Michigan 08/24/10 freep.com: A third human case of the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) was confirmed Monday by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Last week, two human cases were reported in Kalamazoo County.

New York 08/30/10 madisoncountycourier.com: Madison County Health Department officials are issuing an advisory for mosquito bite prevention after a mosquito pool on Smith Ridge Road in the town of Sullivan tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  According to a press release issued Aug. 27, a trap collected Aug. 19 showed EEE in the pool of Culiseta melanura mosquitoes, a primarily bird-biting mosquito. Results were received by the Health Department that day.

New York 08/29/10 dailygazette.com: by Lee Coleman – The first case of Eastern equine encephalitis in New York State this year has been confirmed in a two-year-old horse in Oswego County, according to the state Agriculture and Markets Department.

Rhode Island 08/31/10 examiner.com: Mosquitoes test positive for EEE in Rhode Island: A pool of mosquitoes tested in a site in Westerly, RI have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. In the first case of 2010, an advisory has been issued.

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