Recently, the Union County Mosquito Control Bureau identified the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus in local mosquitos. This virus is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito - it is NOT transmitted from person to person. Many people who are infected do not even develop symptoms. Some will develop fever, chills, muscle and joint aches that may last 1 - 2 weeks. Although not common (only an average of 7 cases are reported annually in the US), a small percentage of people can develop encephalitis (or inflammation of the brain) approximately 1 week after being infected. Symptoms can include headache, drowsiness, confusion, vomiting, and diarrhea. People over the age of 50 or under the age of 15 are at greatest risk for severe disease. There is no specific antiviral treatment for EEE virus. Patients that require hospitalization will receive supportive care until the viral infection resolves.
What can be done to protect you?
The Union County Mosquito Control Bureau is spraying involved areas with pesticides to reduce the number of mosquitos. Several actions can help you reduce mosquito bites: