PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A Rhode Island resident is in critical condition aftercontracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Health officials say the patient is in his twenties, and is aresident of Newport County. They said he likely contracted EEEwhile visiting Southeastern Massachusetts.
The onset of the victim's symptoms occurred on August 5, priorto that evening's start of
Health officials are now warning residents to be vigilant toavoid mosquito bites , especially during the peak hours from duskuntil dawn.
If you're going to be outside during the peak hours you shouldbe wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks to help keepmosquitoes away from your skin as well as insect repellent withDEET.
Experts also say it is important to keep mosquitos and theireggs way from your home by draining standing water, and to keepthem out by installing tightly-fitting screens on windows anddoors.
The hospital where the infected man is being treated and hisname have not been released at this time.
The last time a human tested positive for EEE in Rhode Islandwas in 1998.