Mosquito-borne illnesses represent a serious health concern for Massachusetts residents. Among the many prominent mosquito-borne illnesses and diseases in our area are West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Many think that Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a horse only illness but this could not be farther from the truth. The disease is among the most serious of group of vector-borne illnesses and can wreak havoc on the central nervous system of its victims.
What is EEE?
EEE is a rare disease that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can infect the central nervous system and cause severe complications and in some cases can even be fatal. There is no exact treatment for the disease and physicians can only treat the symptoms the disease causes and not the root of the problem. The disease is usually seen in animals and especially the equine species such as horses, ponies and donkeys. Though it is rare for a human to become infected with the disease, it is not impossible. Symptoms in humans infected with the disease usually begin 4-10 days after being infected. These include flu-like symptoms such as a fever, headache and a sore throat. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is fatal in around half of those infected that develop severe symptoms, and those who do survive can sometimes have permanent brain damage. The only way to curb the disease is through mosquito control and prevention.
This year there have been several areas in the U.S. where mosquitoes tested positive for EEE. Cape Cod had its first case of a mosquito testing positive for the disease according to CBS Boston. The report points out that this is the first time a human-biting mosquito was found to have EEE on the Cape. Here in Massachusetts as well, four mosquitoes have already tested positive for the disease. NECN.com reported earlier in the month that according to state official,s four mosquitoes with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus were found in a mosquito pool in Easton, Mass. Two of which are the kind of mosquitoes which bite humans. Although no human cases have been reported, health officials say it is early in the season for EEE, which typically shows up later in July.
The Berkshire Eagle is quick to point out in a recent article that two people tested positive for EEE last year, one of which was fatal. The devastating news from last summer is incentive to utilize mosquito control and prevention practice and put them in full force for this season since we are already getting reports of mosquitoes testing positive for the disease this early into the season.
How can I protect myself and my family from EEE?
The answer to keeping yourself and your family safe from the risk of becoming infected with any mosquito-borne illness and disease is mosquito control and prevention. Mosquito Squad has compiled a list of what we call the 5T’s of mosquito control. Abiding by this list and making the control practices part of your routine is the best way to keep your family safe from mosquito-borne illness and disease this season. We even recommend printing the list off on your computer and keeping it somewhere handy for quick reference at a later date.
Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.
Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4. REMOVE TARPS
If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatmentaround the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad of the North Shore eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.
Contact Mosquito Squad of the North Shore to learn more about our safe and effective mosquito elimination program. As part of the community our goal is to deliver you and your family the best mosquito control available to keep you and your family safe all season.
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