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Deadly virus case confirmed in Massachusetts

Deadly Virus Case Confirmed In Massachusetts

Reports of a deadly virus are coming out of Massachusetts. It's called the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) and it was found in mosquitoes.

So far there's just one confirmed case of a person being infected in the state, and it's the mosquitoes in Plymouth County that are reportedly carrying it. The U.S. only sees about four to six cases every year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include brain swelling, severe headaches, fever and body aches and typically last 1 to 2 weeks. Approximately a third of people infected die from the disease.

Researchers say it isn't something to stay shut indoors about, but they do recommend staying away from the bugs as usual.

Last year, Massachusetts collected more than 6,000 mosquito samples, with 1 percent testing positive for the virus. The positive samples were collected from 27 towns across six counties.

Experts suggest avoiding wooded or wet areas and wearing bug spray to lower your chances of being bitten by the mosquitoes.

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pumpkinjim0309 July 21 2014 at 11:21 AM

Thank you illegals and Obama

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dsnj71 July 21 2014 at 12:42 PM

Im baffled at was it more dangerous and deadly... EEE or your typical MA bleeding heart liberal

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kpamesa July 21 2014 at 11:43 AM

Guess PETA doesn't believe in killing insects that kill people, they just believe in killing stray pets that they find. There are EXCELLENT insect killing products that do not harm people or other animals and if we COULD manage to make mosquitos extinct it would help all "animals - human or other".

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Susan kpamesa July 21 2014 at 12:39 PM

Probably environmentalists rather than pet-killer PETA -- the banning of DDT did help some bird populations rebound. I don't know what chemicals you're referring to....the safest insect killing chemical (for home use, anyway)
is the desiccant boric acid, and that is not practical against mosquitos, which breed in water. Many insecticides are under increasing scrutiny for being endocrine disrupters, and probably involved in falling sperm counts, and rising rates of hypospadias, breast cancer & early menarche. Not saying safe insecticides don't exist, but I'd be curious what they are.

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Nicolle kpamesa July 21 2014 at 12:51 PM

it's hard to imagine that mosquitoes fulfill any useful purpose. We forget that mosquitoes populated this planet long before man; the oldest mosquito fossils date back some 200 million years, to the Cretaceous period. Clearly, mosquitoes fill an important ecological niche. So what good are mosquitoes?

Mosquito larvae are aquatic insects, and as such, play an important role in the aquatic food chain.

Maybe we should make people without any sense extinct instead.

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PowellTreeCare Nicolle July 21 2014 at 5:17 PM

I think that we should make people who automatically rely on insults and acting condescending just to make a point extinct.

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mociambz Nicolle July 21 2014 at 8:42 PM

how do we make dumbacrats extinct

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almasearch July 21 2014 at 2:17 PM

Stop with the stupid comments people. The viruses responsible for Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis have been around for decades and decades, and have nothing to do with either Obama and/or immigrants. A simple Google search will enlighten many.

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ldyblue44 July 21 2014 at 11:55 AM

They also found some in Onondaga County outside of Syracuse, NY and will spray this week. Why do they wait???

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larry ldyblue44 July 21 2014 at 9:27 PM

They are trying to figure out how they can make this into an Obama photo-op, fundraiser or political gain opportunity.

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croshatch larry July 21 2014 at 11:44 PM

Go away, troll.

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nichmyer ldyblue44 July 22 2014 at 9:22 AM

Well, the boats come in off the shores up there...Full of anything from other countries.

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mgt0331 July 21 2014 at 10:58 AM

In NY, they used to have spray trucks, As soon as the environmental a-holes acted up, they stopped. Now we are LOADED with these annoying creatures. Can't drill for oil, can't frack, and now we die from mosquitoes??? Omamas fault for sure.

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screamingeagleaz July 21 2014 at 12:40 PM

West Nile started in MASS ... now EEE ... what's the deal up there? Are they accidently releasing that stuff out labs up there like Africanized Bees in South America?

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jocardan1434 July 21 2014 at 11:47 AM

They have a vaccine for EEE for horses, why not for people? I know of one person who contracted it many years ago and recovered, however, this person was left pretty crippled up and with speech difficulty.

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GUNSLINGER July 22 2014 at 8:30 AM

Just ban mosquitoes?

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nichmyer July 22 2014 at 9:20 AM

Well, this is only one issue...
Lots more diseases are coming into the United States, as more illegals are being bused into this country.
Thank you Obama.

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