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Should I Be Concerned About EEE?

It is interesting how accustomed we have become to being bitten by mosquitoes. Most people tend to freak out over a tick or a bed bug sucking their blood out, but mosquitoes don’t inspire the same reaction in the general population. With all of the cases of eastern equine encephalitis, should I be concerned about EEE?

What Does EEE Stand For?

Eastern equine encephalitis.

How Common Is EEE?

EEE is rare with a typical year having just a handful of cases in the United States. The concern with EEE falls more with the potential outcome than the frequency of cases.

How Dangerous Is EEE?

Since 30% of people with EEE die, it is considered a disease of high concern. Just surviving EEE doesn’t mean that you are in the clear. Many survivors will experience ongoing neurological effects.

What Are The Symptoms Of EEE?

The illness typically lasts 1-2 weeks and some individuals will not show any symptoms. The symptoms of those that do include fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, anorexia, convulsions, coma. When infections lead to death, it typically occurs anywhere from 2-10 days after symptoms occur.

How Long Does It Take For Symptoms To Show Up?

From the time of the mosquito bite, the incubation period can be anywhere from 4 to 10 days.

Is There A Vaccine For EEE?

No, the only way to completely avoid EEE is to avoid mosquito bites.

How Do I Avoid Mosquito Bites?

Using protective clothing and repellents combined with avoiding areas with high mosquito activity and minimizing exposure to highly active times of the day. Mosquitoes that carry EEE are most active early in the morning and later in the evenings.

Using a registered repellent will also help reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites. Explore the EPA’s list here.

Is There A Medical Test For EEE?

Yes, a health care provider will use symptoms for initial diagnosis and confirm with laboratory diagnosis. The lab tests blood or spinal fluid for the presence of virus antibodies.

Is There A Treatment For Mosquitoes?

Rove Pest Control offers mosquito services that target both the adults and the developing larva. Talk to a Rove mosquito expert today to learn what options are available for reducing the mosquito annoyance and adding to your peace of mind.