The death is the third in CT this year and brings the total of EEE deaths in four states this year to 10.
MA public health officials have confirmed 12 human cases of EEE.
Health officials say the person who is at the moment ill is a Colchester resident between the ages of 40 and 49.
"All four residents live in part of eastern CT where EEE activity has been an issue before this summer", Cartter stated.
Three people have died from exposure to EEE in MA this year, according to the most recent DPH figures. The Norwalk Health Department is aware of the recent EEE-positive mosquito found in Stamford. "Although mosquito populations are beginning to decline, risk from EEE will continue until the first hard frost".
"We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites", said Dr. Catherine Brown, state epidemiologist, in the statement.
When does EEE season end?
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Health officials want you to know that most people infected with EEE will have no apparent illness, however some can become very ill.
If outdoor activity is unavoidable, especially around dawn or dusk, be sure to use insect repellent and cover bare skin.
Triple E is a rare virus transmitted by mosquitoes.
EEE is one of the most risky mosquito-borne diseases, with a 33% fatality rate among humans who contract the disease and a 90% fatality rate among horses. Overnight camping or other substantial outdoor exposure in freshwater swamps in CT should be avoided. "It is absolutely essential that people take steps to avoid being bitten by a mosquito". People who think they've been infected with EEE or other vector-borne diseases that can cause encephalitis, like West Nile virus and Powassam virus, should seek medical care.
Matthew Cartter said Tuesday, Oct. 1, that an East Haddam resident who died during the third week of September was confirmed to have had Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).