One of the people infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New Hampshire this year has died from the disease. The 51 year old woman spent nearly a month in the hospital before succumbing to the illness.
According to the online obituary of a Rhode Island Funeral Home, Diane Humphreys of Conway passed away in a hospice home in Maine on September eighteenth.
Humphreys was the first confirmed human case of triple E in the state back in August.
Beth Daly, the Chief of Infectious Disease Surveillance at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services confirms that the first person infected with triple E did pass away.
“We believe that the person who became ill in August became ill in the Conway New Hampshire area. They had no significant travel outside of that area.”
Humphreys was described as an avid hiker.
The second person infected with the disease has already been released from the hospital.
The disease is transmitted by mosquito bites.
DHHS also announced today two children in Hillsborough County tested positive for enterovirus D68.