Wisconsin reports first 2020 death from eastern equine encephalitis – WKOW

A Chippewa County woman in her 60s was contaminated, ending up being the 2nd case in the state and the very first to lead to death, after the first confirmed case on Wednesday.

EAU CLAIRE (WKOW)– Laboratory testing confirmed Wisconsins very first 2020 human death from eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), state health officials announced Friday.

The disease can infect people through bites from contaminated mosquitoes.

EEE is possibly fatal however uncommon. It can impact people despite their age, health authorities stated.

Last week, DHS revealed that horses in three northwestern counties were verified to be contaminated with the infection.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Chippewa County Health Department sent out a news release with the information.

DHS launched the following preveniton steps:

Prevent Mosquito Bites:

Apply an insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to exposed skin and clothes.
Prior to heading outdoors, deal with clothes with permethrin; do not apply permethrin straight to skin.
Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that happen throughout evening or morning hours, when mosquitoes are most active.
Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to assist keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home:

Make certain doors and window screens are intact and firmly fitted to prevent mosquitoes from entering into your house.
Prevent mosquitoes from reproducing around your home by eliminating stagnant water from items around your property, such as can, plastic containers, flower pots, disposed of tires, roofing rain gutters, and downspouts.
Turn over wheelbarrows, kid pools, buckets, and little boats, such as kayaks and canoes, when not in use.
Change the water in bird baths and pet meals at least every 3 days.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
Trim or cut high yard, weeds, and vines because mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.