State Confirms 4th Human Case Of EEE, Fairhaven Woman Reportedly Dies


POTENTIAL IMPACTS COMING UP. THE SUMMER’S FOURTH CASE OF EEE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED IN MASSACHUSETTS AND THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF A FAIRHAVEN WOMAN ARE TELLING US SHE HAS DIED FROM THE VIRUS. GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I’M KATIE BRACE. I’M KEN MACLEOD. THIS WOULD BE THE STATE’S FIRST DAYS OF EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS IN SEVERAL YEARS. Reporter: THEY BELIEVE SHE IS THAT FOURTH EEE CONFIRMED VICTIM IN MASSACHUSETTS. SHE HAD BEEN RECEIVING TREATMENT IN BOSTON. BUT AS WE LEARNED TODAY, SHE DIDN’T MAKE IT. ALL IT TOOK IS ONE MOSQUITO BITE CAUSING AN INFECTION THAT SPIRALED OUT OF CONTROL. OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLE, THIS PERSON GOT BIT, AND IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANYBODY. Reporter: EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS. THE FAIRHAVEN WOMAN HAD JUST FINISHED CELEBRATING HER 40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. THE MOOD IS SHOCK ACTUALLY. IF ANYTHING, WE’RE BLAMING AN EVENT THAT SHE WAS AT CELEBRATING HER 40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ALONG THE BEACH WITH A LOT OF FRIENDS. Reporter: SYMPTOMS CAN RANGE FROM SHORTNESS OF BREATH TO SWELLING OF THE BRAIN. THE TOWN CLOSED ITS PARKS FROM DOWN UNTIL DUSK, EVEN BEFORE THIS TRAGEDY. HOW MUCH PREVENTION CAN YOU DO? BECAUSE WHETHER YOU SPRAY, OR WHETHER YOU WEAR CLOTHES MOSQUITOES ARE OPPORTUNISTIC. Reporter: THE RISK FOR INFECTION ISN’T OVER, UNTIL THE FIRST KILLING FROST OF THE YEAR. TO PREVENT EEE INFECTION, THE BEST WAY IS TO AVOID MOSQUITO BITES, BY COVERING YOUR SKIN BY WEARING LONG SLEEVES AND PANTS. IN FAIRHAVEN, TIFFANY CHANCE. 37 COMMUNITIES ARE LISTED AT HIGH OR CRITICAL RISK FOR THE EEE VIRUS. EARLIER TONIGHT, AERIAL SPRAYING TOOK PART. WHILE SPRAYING REDUCES THE

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