What To Know About EEE

October 3, 2019 3:00 pm Published by

This season mosquitos are going beyond being an annoyance and are causing a real danger to our community. The state of Connecticut and our region have seen a dramatic increase in deaths from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which is a disease that is transmitted mostly by mosquitos. It is important that you protect yourself from this dangerous disease in a couple of ways:

1. Try to avoid being outside at dusk until dawn, this is when mosquitos are most active.
2. If you have to be outside wear long sleeves to avoid being bitten.
3. Always apply bug spray to keep mosquitos away.

If you do get bitten by a mosquito that does not necessarily mean that you will contract EEE, but it does mean you should be aware of the symptoms of the disease which include, chills, a fever, a malaise, and arthralgia. Generally symptoms take between 2 and 10 days to appear and if they show in you or a loved one you should seek medical attention immediately.

Unfortunately there is no vaccine for EEE and nearly 1/3 of those who contract the disease will die from it. Those at the highest risk are children under the age of 15 and adults over the age of 50.

We encourage everyone to protect themselves while outside, especially from dusk to dawn.