10th person dies from mosquito born illness EEE

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CONNECTICUT (CNN) – Ten people have now died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE.

The increased nationwide death toll comes after a Connecticut official on Tuesday confirmed a third death in his state. The patient died during the third week of September.

EEE is a rare virus transmitted by mosquitoes.

The CDC says there are usually just five to 10 human cases reported in the U.S. annually, with roughly 30% resulting in death.

This year there has been an uptick in the number of reported cases, nearly 30 across several states.

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(This story was originally published on October 1, 2019)

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