Eastern Equine Encephalitis confirmed in 3 counties in PennsylvaniaChristian Fernsby ▼ | September 23, 2019
The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health warned Pennsylvanians to take precautionary measures against mosquito bites for themselves and their animals.
America Eastern Equine Encephalitis
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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.
Through mid-September, there have been 18 cases reported to the CDC from across the country in 2019, with the majority of the cases in northeastern or Mid-Atlantic states.
Several cases have been fatal.
When outdoors, people can avoid mosquito bites by properly and consistently using DEET-containing insect repellents and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing.
To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition. ■