Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus that is spread by mosquitoes.
EEE is a type of sickness that can affect horses and humans. It is mainly found in certain parts of the United States. The virus that causes EEE is carried by mosquitoes. When a mosquito bites an infected bird, it can become infected with the virus. Then, if that mosquito bites a horse or a person, it can pass on the virus and make them sick.
In humans, EEE can cause two different types of infections. The first type is like having the flu, with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Most people with this type of infection get better on their own.
The second type of infection is more severe and can affect the brain. This can lead to problems like seizures, confusion, and even a coma. It is very important to get medical help if someone has these symptoms because it can be life-threatening.
To prevent EEE, it's essential to take steps to avoid mosquito bites. This includes using bug repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants when outside, and staying indoors during times when mosquitoes are most active, like dawn and dusk. It's also important to get rid of standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed.
While EEE is rare, it's still important to be aware of it and take precautions if you live in or visit areas where it has been found. Remember, if you have any concerns or think you might have EEE, talk to a doctor who can provide the right guidance and treatment.
Page last updated 07/05/2023