As if swine flu
weren't enough to worry about, a man in upstate New York has died of Eastern equine encephalitis
. This brain virus is rare at present and spread by mosquitoes to horses, humans and other animals; no cure is known
for the human cases. Officials in other states
have had their eye
on EEE for a while; it's been killing horses in Virginia
, but the Oswego County man is the first human fatality in this state since 1983
. The virus is 30 to 70 percent lethal
. You might want to reconsider that fall foliage tour.
Speaking of swine flu, the FDA approved a new vaccine for it yesterday. And London Mayor Boris Johnson helped keep spirits light on the subject in a forum at Columbia University yesterday, where he told Mayor Bloomberg, "We gave you mad cow disease, you gave us swine flu."