Mosquitoes in Georgia have been found to contain a rare but potentially deadly virus
By: April Carson
Two mosquito pools in South Georgia have been found to contain Eastern equine encephalitis, according to health officials.
The eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) is a disease that can be spread from person to person when someone is bitten by an infected mosquito. Only a few cases of EEE are reported in the United States each year.
EEE is a rare condition, but it is potentially deadly. Only about 30% of those with EEE live beyond their mid-thirties, and many survivors have long-term neurological issues.
There are no vaccines to protect you against EEE or medicines to cure it.
The best way to avoid getting sick is to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
This includes using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeves and pants when outdoors, and staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Here are some ways you can help prevent getting bitten by a mosquito:
Use an EPA-registered insect repellent. Repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus offer the best protection.
Wear long sleeves and pants when the weather allows.
Stay indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening when mosquitoes are most active.
If you must be outdoors during these times, wear mosquito repellent and long sleeves and pants.
Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a teaspoon of water, so it’s important to get rid of standing water around your home.
Drain water from outdoor items like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, and rain gutters.
Keep mosquitoes out by keeping your windows and doors well-screened.
Kenneth Lowery, the district epidemiologist with Georgia Department of Public Health's South Health District, added, "While it is not unusual for mosquito-borne illnesses to be discovered in our communities at this time of year, we must not become complacent about the dangers. The greatest defenses against mosquito-born illness are to avoid going outside during peak mosquito periods and to make sure you are taking precautions when you go outdoors."
To date, there have been no human cases of the virus in Georgia. However, it is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.
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