Differences between West Nile Virus and EEE virus


RICH: CONTINUING COVERAGE OF MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES IN THE STATE. ONE PERSON HAS NOW TESTED POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS. TAMI: THIS FOLLOWS 7 HUMAN CASES OF TRIPLE E. 22NEWS REPORTER TAYLOR KNIGHT IS LIVE IN CHICOPEE, TO EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE 2 ILLNESSES. TAYLOR: ACCORDING TO UMASS MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE, THE SYMPTOMS OF TRIPLE E AND WEST NILE VIRUS CAN BE VERY SIMILAR. AND, BOTH CAN GO UNDETECTED. SYMPTOMS COME ON ABRUPTLY IN BOTH, WHICH INCLUDE FEVER, HEADACHE, MUSCLE AND JOINT ACHES. BUT IN WEST NILE, ENLARGED LYMPH NODES, OR A RASH ON THE CHEST, STOMACH, OR BACK MAY BE SEEN. NOW FOR TRIPLE-E, PEOPLE CAN HAVE NECK STIFFNESS, AND EVEN SWELLING OF THE BRAIN. THESE SYMPTOMS SHOULD PROMPT YOU TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE. THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAID THAT A MAN IN HIS 60S FROM MIDDLESEX COUNTY IS THE FIRST HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE IN THE STATE THIS YEAR. 7 OTHER PEOPLE IN MASSACHUSETTS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR TRIPLE-E. TAYLOR: HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE URGING YOU TO USE BUG SPRAY, AND AVOID GOING OUT AT DUSK AND DAWN TO PROTECT YOURSELVES

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