Health officials confirm EEE death in Indiana

Indiana News

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed to Indiana health officials a Hoosier in Elkhart County contracted eastern equine encephalitis and died.

EEE is a rare virus transmitted by mosquitoes.

The Indiana State Department of Health said this is the first human case in Indiana since 1998.

The CDC said approximately 5 to 10 human cases of EEE are reported across the country each year and nearly one-third of human cases are fatal.

EEE has been found in more than a dozen horses and one mosquito sample in northern Indiana this year, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

State health officials urge Hoosiers to continue to take the steps to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active
  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on clothes and exposed skin
  • Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home
  • Discard old tires, tin/aluminum cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed

Health officials said symptoms of EEE virus disease include chills, fever, body aches and joint pain. Some people develop inflammation of the brain.

To see the latest results of ISDH’s mosquito surveillance program, click here.

To learn more about EEE virus, click here.

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(This story was originally published on October 12, 2019)

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