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UPDATE: Family reports Fairhaven woman has died from EEE virus

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Photo courtesy of Teamsters Local 59

UPDATE: We are sad to report that Laurie has passed away according to her daughter. To give insight into the person Laurie was, here are pieces of a message her daughter left on her Facebook page.

“Today I had to say goodbye to my best friend.”

“My mum was my favorite person in the world. She brought light and joy to everyone she came across.”

“She would be there for anyone at anytime. Her smile was contagious. Her jokes were priceless. She was the life of the party. She knew how to have fun and taught me how important it was to love with all you’ve got and live life to the fullest. She was the best Mimi anyone could ask for. I am grateful for the memories my children will carry.”

“She was such a beautiful soul.”

Our previous story:

Authorities warn as a Fairhaven woman is seriously ill with the EEE virus.

Fairhaven Firefighters sent out a post Sunday morning warning residents to take precautions.

“Fairhaven residents: Please take the EEE warnings seriously. Sadly, one of our residents has a confirmed case of EEE and is not doing well. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Laurie Sylvia has been ill the last few days with the virus.

The Executive Board and Staff of Teamsters Union Local No. 59 issued a statement as Laurie’s husband Robert is their President.

“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. Please keep Laurie, Bob and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”

Here are ways you can help protect yourself and your loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient (DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535) according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning in areas of high risk.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

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  1. Rosanne Massman

    August 26, 2019 at 9:43 am

    My brother contracted encephalitis (from a mosquito) when he was 2 years old. By age 4, my mom couldn’t handle him any longer, and signed him over to be a ward of the state.
    I never met him in person. My mom always said that he had no idea what a sister is, and doesn’t even know our mom as “mom”. Last letter that my mom received from the state was that my brother has improved, and now has the mentality of a 5 year old (he’s 72 years old). Horrible disease!

    • Sarah

      August 30, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Sorry but had my son contacted a disease or a disability i would love him till the end and your mother is a piece of s*** to “give him away”. Better off with out a mother like that. Don’t say I don’t know, I wasn’t there, I am a nurse and compassion fatigue is real, I have done respite and my friends do respite, thats no excuse to give up your child at 4 years old.

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