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Case of EEE found in Camden

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From staff reports

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Camden County is the site of the state's latest identified case of Eastern equine encephalitis.

The case of EEE was identified in a horse and is the sixth known case in North Carolina since Sept. 15, states a news release from Albemarle Regional Health Services. No human cases have been identified in North Carolina this year.

"The disease is more common in the eastern part of the state, where the virus is normally passed back and forth between wild birds and mosquitoes," the release states.

EEE is a rare disease caused by a virus spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes and can lead to inflammation of the brain, the release states. Transmission of the EEE virus does not spread human to human.

Nationwide, just a few cases of humans infected with EEE are reported each year. "About one in three cases is fatal, with young children and the elderly most at risk," the release states.

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