Encephalitis or EEE Discovered in Mosquitos in Massachussetts

In Carver, Massachussetts, the first positive mosquito sample in the state of EEE, or eastern equine encephalitis, has been confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. West Nile Virus has been discovered in samples of birds and mosquitos, also.

West Nile and EEE can both infect humans through insect bites such as mosquito bites and it is recommended by authorities such as the the Centers for Disease Control that people take precautions by:

  • Use DEET in order to repel insects.
  • Clothes with long sleeves are also said to prevent insect bites that might bring on EEE or West Nile.
  • Reduce outdoor evening activity is recommended.

The CDC also reports that it may take anywhere from 3 to 10 days to develop symptoms of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) after a human is bitten by an mosquitos carrying the virus with the largest number of incidents occurring in Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, and New Jersey.

In Massachussetts, according to the Boston Herald, even though at this point eastern equine encephalitis had been discovered in mosquitos in one town and West Nile has been discovered in mosquitos and crows in several towns, no human cases have been reported.

Unfortunately for humans, the CDC says that for EEE there is no specific treatment other than hospitalization and expert medical care from doctors and nurses who can assist with bacterial infections, respiratory illness, and any needed physical therapy.

August 19, 2008 – 2:31 pm

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