What to know about the threat of EEE

ABC News’ Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares the risks of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and what people can do to help avoid being exposed.
1:33 | 09/27/19

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We have more now on that growing triple. Rescheduling outdoor activities to keep kids safe doctor Aston is here with more good morning to you not. It can you explain. Why this movie that's so concerning. Yes so first of all let's go by the numbers here in terms of Tripoli rate now there are seven states with confirmed cases. Nine deaths unfortunately and 28 cases overall this is way above what we normally see now I want to emphasize for people. Only 5% of people who are infected with Tripoli we'll get any kind of symptoms at all. Then when you look at those 5% some more get what we call systemic symptoms fever body aches chills. The other part will get central nervous system involvement that is the group that has the highest risk of death 30% mortality rate so again this is rare. But if you get brain involvement. That's very serious. If you're feeling any of those early symptoms make sure you go to your Doctor Who checked out. But what can people do to reduce the risk of being exposed the trip that the silver lining in this story Michael as we know very well how to protect ourselves against mosquito borne illness number one the most important thing. Use insect repellent Wear protective clothing that's covering your arms and legs and limiting time outside when mosquitoes are at their peak particularly dawn and dusk. Common sense you're gonna see local spraying and again restricting activities. Out of an over abundance of precaution rather restrict activities that it and getting executive secure we definitely thank you so you bet.

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