5-year-old diagnosed with EEE may leave hospital in a few weeks

A 5-year-old girl diagnosed with the Eastern equine encephalitis virus earlier this month may be allowed to return home in a few weeks, The MetroWest Daily News reports.A GoFundMe page created to raise money for Sophia Garabedian’s care reported Saturday that family members were told by doctors she may be returning to the comfort of her own home in the next couple of weeks, as she continues to “show signs of improvement.”Upon arriving back to Sudbury, Garabedian will undergo outpatient therapy five days a week, according to the page.Garabedian was released from Boston Children’s Hospital on Sept. 20 and has since been recovering at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and continuing to undergo “intense therapies,” according to her GoFundMe page.The page was launched by family friend Debbie Moynihan on Sept. 9 after Sophia was rushed to the hospital Sept. 3 and diagnosed with EEE on Sept. 6. More than $188,000 of the page’s $200,000 goal has been raised since it was launched.To donate to Sophia’s GoFundMe page, click this link.Sophia is among the 12 Massachusetts residents who have been diagnosed with EEE this year.On Thursday, state health officials said a Hampden County woman in her 70s was the latest to test positive for the virus.The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also said it erroneously reported a fourth death a fourth EEE death Wednesday.”Based on an incorrect report filed by a hospital, DPH has been notified that the fourth death was improperly reported and the official death count remains at three people as of (Thursday),” the department said in a statement.One death was confirmed last week in a Hampden County resident. No other information about the third victim was disclosed.Health officials had previously confirmed that a Freetown man in his 70s and a Fairhaven woman in her 50s died of the virus.There are now 35 communities now at critical risk, 46 at high risk and 122 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts.The MetroWest Daily News staff contributed to this report.

A 5-year-old girl diagnosed with the Eastern equine encephalitis virus earlier this month may be allowed to return home in a few weeks, The MetroWest Daily News reports.

A GoFundMe page created to raise money for Sophia Garabedian’s care reported Saturday that family members were told by doctors she may be returning to the comfort of her own home in the next couple of weeks, as she continues to “show signs of improvement.”

Upon arriving back to Sudbury, Garabedian will undergo outpatient therapy five days a week, according to the page.

Garabedian was released from Boston Children’s Hospital on Sept. 20 and has since been recovering at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and continuing to undergo “intense therapies,” according to her GoFundMe page.

The page was launched by family friend Debbie Moynihan on Sept. 9 after Sophia was rushed to the hospital Sept. 3 and diagnosed with EEE on Sept. 6. More than $188,000 of the page’s $200,000 goal has been raised since it was launched.

To donate to Sophia’s GoFundMe page, click this link.

Sophia is among the 12 Massachusetts residents who have been diagnosed with EEE this year.

On Thursday, state health officials said a Hampden County woman in her 70s was the latest to test positive for the virus.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also said it erroneously reported a fourth death a fourth EEE death Wednesday.

“Based on an incorrect report filed by a hospital, DPH has been notified that the fourth death was improperly reported and the official death count remains at three people as of (Thursday),” the department said in a statement.

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A map displaying the EEE risk levels in Massachusetts as of Sept. 26, 2019.

One death was confirmed last week in a Hampden County resident. No other information about the third victim was disclosed.

Health officials had previously confirmed that a Freetown man in his 70s and a Fairhaven woman in her 50s died of the virus.

There are now 35 communities now at critical risk, 46 at high risk and 122 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts.

The MetroWest Daily News staff contributed to this report.