First Report of Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Back in June, I wrote about how mosquito populations were likely to start increasing and we would likely see a case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). As many of you have probably heard, a 4-year old unvaccinated mare in Cumberland county had to be euthanized after getting the disease. Obviously, this was a sad reminder to horse owners that timely vaccinations are critical for protecting the animals from EEE. The mosquitoes that transmit EEE acquire it by first feeding on an infected bird and subsequently feeding on a horse (or person). In North Carolina, the incidence of EEE in humans is low. Of course, if you get the disease, “low” becomes pretty meaningless. While there is no vaccine against EEE for humans, we can certainly take protective measures. .This doesn’t mean relying on just pesticide applications in your yard. By now, we’ve all heard about “tip and toss” – reducing sources of standing water on our property. However, that doesn’t help if we’re going elsewhere outdoors for work or recreation; that’s why it is important to apply repellents to your clothing and exposed skin, as well as on your children, before you head off to any outdoor activities.
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