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Deadly mosquito virus reported in eastern Mass.
wwlp ^ | Nick Bannin

Posted on 07/21/2014 12:46:30 AM PDT by Morgana

LONGMEADOW, Mass (WWLP) — While Saturday wasn’t too hot or humid, like most of our summer has been, 22News found that our recent weather conditions have contributed to the arrival of a potentially deadly disease in the Bay State.

Mosquitoes: we’ve talked about them for months, and for the first time this year mosquitoes have infected someone in Massachusetts with eastern equine encephalitis, or triple E.

The Massachusetts Department of Health just confirmed that a July 15th laboratory test in Plymouth County has tested positive for EEE, a dangerous virus that can cause inflammation of the brain and in one third of cases, death.

Even though the only reported case of EEE in Massachusetts was more than 80 miles to our east, our chances in western Massachusetts of getting it just went up. But it probably wouldn’t be the mosquitoes bringing it here.

Birds are typically the long range carrier of triple E, taking the disease over many miles. Mosquitoes then bite the birds and become the local source for infection when they bite a human.

Entomologist Bob Russell of American Pest Solutions told 22News, “Mosquitoes are an unusual insect because bacteria can survive in its gut and then it can be regurgitated or come out in its saliva when it bites, and that’s how you get transmission.”

(Excerpt) Read more at wwlp.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: eee; encephalitis; equineencephalitis; mosquitoes; triplee

1 posted on 07/21/2014 12:46:30 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

It makes you drive your occupied car off a bridge and wait nine hours before reporting the accident.


2 posted on 07/21/2014 1:22:07 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping...


3 posted on 07/21/2014 1:34:47 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
From the CDC Webpage:

Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare illness in humans, and only a few cases are reported in the United States each year. Most cases occur in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states (see map). Most persons infected with EEEV have no apparent illness. Severe cases of EEE (involving encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain) begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. The illness may then progress into disorientation, seizures, or coma. EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with approximately 33% mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. There is no specific treatment for EEE; care is based on symptoms. You can reduce your risk of being infected with EEEV by using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, and staying indoors while mosquitoes are most active. If you think you or a family member may have EEE, it is important to consult your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis

4 posted on 07/21/2014 1:37:27 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Bring back DDT.

[curse you, Rachel Carson]


5 posted on 07/21/2014 1:48:04 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander
Can't do that. It was banned by the government for a reason.



It worked.

6 posted on 07/21/2014 1:56:19 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Morgana

DDT. The SAFE insecticide that was banned so millions in the third world could die.


7 posted on 07/21/2014 3:16:01 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

FUNNY!


8 posted on 07/21/2014 3:50:14 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
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To: Morgana

Nice. Chikungunya, dengue, West Nile virus, and now EEE.

Of course, I shall continue to sample the mosquitoes in MD for the presence of pathogens. I do this experiment not quite by choice...


9 posted on 07/21/2014 4:06:54 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Vaquero

DDT. It was found to cause death in non-beneficial insects. Had to go.


10 posted on 07/21/2014 4:53:10 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory ((ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government))
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To: Smokin' Joe

can’t use what works but then they see this and now they have other problems.
Hell it’s MA what would I expect anyway


11 posted on 07/21/2014 4:55:42 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: exDemMom

Both hubby and I turned up with insect bites that acted like chiggers, weeping a golden fluid, intense itching, and a black dot in center. Minor Med clinic said not chigger bites. Not the typical pattern or places. They don’t seem to spread. Take a long time to heal. I had none when I went to bed, woke up with 5 on legs and AB. Ended up on Predisone to stop the intense itching as no OTC cream worked.

We have never seen any insect bite like this before. We had a colder than normal winter, cooler than normal summer with a lot more rain. For the Memphis TN and surrounding areas.

Our friends were down from NY near Buffalo and 2 of them had the same type bites, after they did the Beale street pub crawling.


12 posted on 07/21/2014 5:23:27 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: GailA

http://www.badspiderbites.com/spider-bite-treatment/

Sounds like spiders.


13 posted on 07/21/2014 5:39:52 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: GailA

Bed bugs and chiggers itch like this. I had the same experience and it lasted over a week except I was in a hotel in Kansas. If you went to bed and they weren’t there and woke up with them, most likely bed bugs


14 posted on 07/21/2014 5:47:39 AM PDT by drunknsage
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To: showme_the_Glory; Vaquero

DDT. It made bedbugs an endangered species in the USA. Had to go.


15 posted on 07/21/2014 7:01:55 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: showme_the_Glory

excuse me....is that sarcasm or do you agree with removing ddt.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 7:11:15 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Salamander

Bring back DDT.


And here come the DDT lovers again who claim it’s harmless. The same folks who probably still believe cigarette smoking isn’t harmful.

More DDT = fewer birds.

Fewer birds = MORE disease carrying insects.

More insects = MORE harmful artificial chemicals that poison our water, land, and food sources, both animal and vegetable.


17 posted on 07/21/2014 8:04:47 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Vaquero

/s


18 posted on 07/21/2014 8:19:16 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory ((ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government))
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping.

I’ve always liked winter better than summer and something like this validates my choice.

.


19 posted on 07/21/2014 11:28:51 AM PDT by Mears
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To: gattaca

Thank’ee.


20 posted on 07/21/2014 11:38:06 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


21 posted on 07/21/2014 9:06:50 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


22 posted on 07/21/2014 10:34:56 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: drunknsage

Nope, we were home, clean every thing, might have come in when the dogs were let out at night. Nat size.

Warning any one wanting to visit Memphis DO NOT go to the Rendezvous for Ribs, WORST crap I’ve ever tasted. Cold, tough, little meat, greasy, baked beans were canned pork and beans with BBQ sauce and slaw was a soupy mustard based garbage. Served on paper plates and plastic utensils. No glass for a beer either.

Is this the same crap they served GWB and the Japanese guy? I left my party of 5 including my husband and went to Huey’s for a great Burger and Fries. Told Nick Vargas he served crap food not worth paying for.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 10:47:18 PM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: Morgana
Mosquitoes: we’ve talked about them for months, and for the first time this year mosquitoes have infected someone in Massachusetts with eastern equine encephalitis

No, we've talked about this for decades.

24 posted on 07/21/2014 10:52:20 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Salamander

Bring back DDT.

[curse you, Rachel Carson]


And you do realize more and more mosquito populations are becoming fully immune to DDT, don’t you?


25 posted on 07/22/2014 11:09:12 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

No, I did not.

How could they be when it’s supposedly been banned everywhere for so long?

Not good news.

:-\


26 posted on 07/22/2014 11:12:53 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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