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The Death Rate Increased Because of EEE Disease in Massachusetts

Public health officials in Massachusetts reported that the national death toll from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is now increasing in double-digits.

Authorities say a person at the age of 70s has died from the virus. It is the 10th loss of life in the United States this year.

The rare mosquito-borne illness has been detected in mosquito samples in several states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

The Pennsylvania departments of health and agriculture published a warning on September 21 after confirming eastern equine encephalitis disease in Erie, Carbon, and Monroe counties. The EEE virus was found in pheasants, horses, and a wild turkey.

The CDC says nearly a 3rd of human cases are fatal, and many survivors are left with permanent neurological damage.

Birds carry the virus. Mosquitoes can transmit it to people, horses, and other birds.