Navigation Links
Rhode Island Hospital successfully manages case of severe EEE
Date:7/8/2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island Hospital successfully treated a 21-year-old patient with severe neuroinvasive Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), minimizing neurological deficits and resulting in a very positive outcome. The findings from this treatment are published online in advance of print in the journal Neurocritical Care.

EEE is a rare mosquito-borne virus that can be deadly to humans. While it is mostly asymptomatic in humans, it can cause a neuroinvasive infection with a high rate of mortality. These cases typically present as a generalized illness with fever, headache, chills and vomiting. Only a handful of cases of EEE are reported in the U.S. each year.

"Every summer we hear about cases of EEE, and for the severe cases the outcomes are rarely favorable," said lead author Linda C. Wendell, M.D., of the department of neurology and neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital. "We were able to diagnose this patient quickly, and through an aggressive approach we were able to manage brain swelling, stop his seizures and significantly minimize brain injury."

Wendell continued, "The patient was in great physical health, which no doubt contributed to his recovery. It was a scary time for a few weeks, but he continues to make progress and we could not have hoped for a better outcome."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the U.S. It has a mortality rate of approximately 33 percent, and those who survive are likely to suffer significant brain damage. No specific treatment for EEE has been identified, rather care is based on the patient's symptoms.

"There is no protocol for avoiding EEE, other than to be careful," Wendell said. "Unfortunately in many areas of the country, mosquitoes are simply a fact of life -- we can get bitten by them at any time during the warm weather months. But by protecting yourself with appropriate clothing, mosquito repellent and staying indoors during peak mosquito hours (dusk), you can minimize risk."


'/>"/>

Contact: Ellen Slingsby
eslingsby@lifespan.org
401-444-6421
Lifespan
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Rhode Island Hospital reduces incidence of hospital-associated C. difficile by 70 percent
2. Click With Me Now® Announces Partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
3. Environmental Design Research Association's “Healthy Rhode Island Environmental Design Summit” Program Released
4. Zane Benefits Publishes New Information on Rhode Island Health Insurance Exchange
5. Environmental Design Research Association Presents “Healthy Rhode Island Environmental Design Summit”
6. d'Oliveira & Associates Helps Rhode Island Woman Receive $130,000 in a Slip and Fall Incident
7. Rhode Island Attorneys Win Social Security Disability Case for Cumberland Man Who Received over $25,000 in Back Due Benefits
8. Royal Flush Havanese, Local Dog Breeder, Collects Over 4000 Canned Goods in 2012 For RICAN, The Rhode Island Center Assisting Those In Need
9. d'Oliveira & Associates Helps Rhode Island Estate Receive the Maximum Compensation Under RI Law of $250,000 Settlement for Fatal Auto Accident
10. Rhode Island Hospital study: Bariatric patients with obstructive sleep apnea fail to show symptoms
11. Fire Island Modernist: June 26 Book Talk at DORMA Design Center Examines the Life and Work of Fire Island Architect Horace Gifford
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... , ... TherapySites, the leading website and online ... Counseling Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue to extend their ... benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about this new partnership, ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, and are ... the eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and commentary in ... Managed Care. For the full issue, click here . , For the American ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal ... personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems ... offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate all ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as reported ... head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to infest ... in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice are ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has dedicated his ... implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The procedure is ... to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use to help ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... DUBLIN , June 27, 2016 Jazz ... the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act ... proposed acquisition of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: ... 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). As previously ... entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Jazz ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen ... and manufacturing of collagen and mineral based medical ... that Bill Messer has joined the ... further leverage the growing portfolio of oral surgery, ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive team ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Research ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical ... structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: