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Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases confirmed in two new Pennsylvania counties

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 7, 2019
The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture and Health reminded Pennsylvanians to take every possible precaution against mosquito bites for themselves and their animals, especially horses.
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Last month, the administration announced the confirmation of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a rare mosquito-transmitted viral infection, in Erie, Carbon, and Monroe counties.

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As of this week, new cases have been confirmed in both Luzerne and Mercer counties.

EEE is a virus carried by birds.

If a mosquito bites an infected bird it can then transmit the potentially fatal virus to humans, horses, and other birds.

Because of the high mortality rate in horses and humans, EEE is regarded as one of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases in the United States.

To date in Pennsylvania, the following animal mortalities have been confirmed to be a result of EEE:

One wild turkey in Waterford Township, Erie County
Two horses in Mahoning Township, Carbon County
One horse in Fairmont Township, Luzerne County
One horse in Sandy Lake Township, Mercer County
Pheasants in Pocono Township, Monroe County
No human cases have been identified in Pennsylvania yet this year.

Since earlier this week, the CDC has confirmed 30 cases nationwide with 11 confirmed deaths.