Man, Child Die - Eastern
Equine Encephalitis Suspected
From Dr Patricia Doyle

A ProMED-mail post
ProMED-mail is a program of the
International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Fri 8 Aug 2003
From: ProMED-mail <
Source: Anniston Star, Thu 7 Aug 2003 [edited]
<< /FONT>
Alabama: 2 Suspected Eastern Equine Encephalitis Deaths in south of State
A man and a child died at the same hospital within 24 hours of each other from what officials said could be Eastern equine encephalitis, which has not killed anyone in Alabama since 1996. Dr. Dan Raulerson, the medical examiner for Escambia County in rural south Alabama, said both patients came to the hospital in Brewton on Fri 25 Jul 2003. The adult, an older man from Castleberry, died that night and the child died the next day. "Both autopsies indicated encephalitis," he said. The man and child lived within 6 miles of a farm where a horse recently died of the rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease, county health officials said. Tests are to be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the cause of death in both cases.
Along with the 2 possible deaths from Eastern equine encephalitis, an 81-year-old World War II veteran from Gulf Shores became the 2nd Alabamian to die of West Nile virus, a relative told the Mobile Register on Wed 6 Aug 2003. West Nile virus is not nearly as deadly as Eastern equine encephalitis, which is rare in the United States. The CDC says there are only 5 cases on average reported each year, but it kills about 1/3, and survivors may suffer brain damage. "The chances of getting the disease, West Nile or EEE, are still very slim," said Ricky Elliott of the Escambia County Health Department's environmental health office. "But when 2 people die within 24 hours -- it has many in health care nervous. People have got to act to reduce standing water near their homes and take precautions to protect themselves."
ProMED-mail < Visit ProMED-mail's web site at < Send all items for posting to: (NOT to an individual moderator). If you do not give your full name and affiliation, it may not be posted. Send commands to subscribe/unsubscribe, get archives, help, etc. to: For assistance from a human being send mail to:
Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at:
Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa
Go with God and in Good Health



This Site Served by TheHostPros