Mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a bigger threat in Southeastern Massachusetts this year than it has been in some time. As the risks grow and more mosquitoes test positive for the virus, we want to keep you apprised of the most recent information.
EEE in Humans
The second human case of EEE in Massachusetts was confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Health on Friday, August 16th. The man is from Grafton in Worcester County. He was diagnosed after having a seizure.
A Plymouth man was the first case of EEE in 6 years. The last news story about his condition reported that he is in a coma.
Massachusetts Mosquitoes Continue to Test Positive for EEE
299 Mosquito samples across the state have now tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.
Nineteen counties across the state have been identified as being at critical risk for EEE, with another eighteen in the “High” risk category.
Remember to keep watch at mosquitoresults.com to see the latest risk and positive mosquito sample count.
Echoing the advice from the Massachusetts Department of Health, we urge you to take every precaution to protect yourself from mosquito bites. While the state did spray in Bristol and Plymouth counties, they remind residents that while the spray does lower the mosquito population, it does not completely eliminate the risk.
Avoid being outside during peak mosquito hours (dusk and dawn) and use an EPA registered mosquito repellent.
We urge you to know the symptoms of EEE in humans so you can identify infection right away and seek medical care. Also, check your veterinarian records to be sure your horses are up-to-date on their vaccines.
For additional mosquito elimination on your property, give us a call today to schedule mosquito barrier treatment. It can eliminate up to 90% of mosquitoes on your property. Call today!