Mosquitoes can be some of the most annoying pests on the planet. They are routinely spoiling family picnics, BBQ’s, and camping and fishing trips. However, with the recent discoveries of the EEE virus on the rise across New England, these tiny bugs are becoming more than just a nuisance, but rather a real danger.
What is the EEE virus?
EEE stands for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and is a rare illness among humans. Most persons infected with EEE have no apparent illness. Severe cases of EEE (involving encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain) begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. The illness may then progress into disorientation, seizures, or coma. EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with approximately 33% mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. Practically 100% of EEE in humans is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.
EEE was detected Thursday, July 12th, in a mosquito sample in Carver MA according to a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This discovery follows an announcement just one day prior of another group of EEE infected mosquitoes in Easton MA. The MDPH has set risk levels to “moderate” in Carver and “high” in the towns of Easton, Raynham, and Taunton.
What can you do to avoid mosquito bites?
- Be Aware Of Peak Mosquito Hours- The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for most mosquitoes.
- Wear Appropriate Clothing- While it may be uncomfortable in warm weather, but long sleeves, pants, and tall socks can help keep mosquitoes off your skin.
- Wear Insect Repellent- Use a repellent when spending time outdoors
- Drain Standing Water- Since mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, limiting collected water in birdbaths, rain gutters and drains can be very helpful.
- Screens- Be sure to have screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes from getting inside your home.
Bite Them Back!
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