Third human death related to EEE confirmed in CT

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(WTNH) — Two new cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Connecticut were confirmed by the Department of Public Health (DPH) on Tuesday. One patient is reported to have died, bringing the total death toll in the state to three this year.

DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter announced Tuesday that the third patient who died of EEE was an East Haddam resident between the ages of 60-69.

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The other patient confirmed with EEE on Monday was a Colchester resident between the age of 40-49, who is still in the hospital after five weeks of treatment.

DPH reports the infections took place in August and September in the eastern part of the state.

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This is an ongoing story. Stay tuned to WTNH.com for updates.

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