In a follow-up on the human Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Massachusetts, state health officials reported the 4th human case in weeks, this one in Bristol County.


According to health officials, the most recent case is a woman over the age of 50 from southern Bristol County.

According to a Facebook post Saturday, the woman is identified as Laurie Sylvia, the wife of union President Robert Sylvia Jr.

The Teamsters post states:

It pains us to inform you that Laurie Sylvia, the wife of Teamsters Local 59 President Robert Sylvia, Jr has been stricken with the EEE Virus. For the last several days we were hopeful that with the best possible care from the Doctors and Staff at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, she would be able to recover. We have just learned that this will not be the case. Laurie’s condition has deteriorated and regrettably the Family is now preparing for the worst. 

Local station, WVCB 5 news unfortunately reported earlier that Mrs Sylvia had died from her illness.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is spread to horses and humans by infected mosquitoes, including several Culex species and Culiseta melanura.

Symptoms of EEE disease often appear 4 to 10 days after someone is bitten by an infected mosquito.

EEE is a more serious disease than West Nile Virus (WNV) and carries a high mortality rate for those who contract the serious encephalitis form of the illness. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and sore throat. There is no specific treatment for the disease, which can lead to seizures and coma.