In addition to the other well-known health risks associated with mosquitoes, multiple cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) commonly known as “Triple E or EEE” have been reported across the eastern part of the country and one case was reported in Missouri. While not much is known about the virus, the following is what we know to date regarding EEE.
What is Eastern equine encephalitis?
Eastern equine encephalitis or EEE is a virus carried and spread by mosquitoes. Once bitten, symptoms usually begin to show themselves after 4-10 days most commonly on a neurological level. The early symptoms of Triple E include chills, stiff neck, fever, headache, and a general lack of energy. Swelling of the brain can also occur and lead to a number of neurological disorders and dysfunctions including being confused and/or disoriented, being prone to seizures, generally unresponsive, and intellectually impaired. Triple E is known to have a startling 30% fatality rate. Unfortunately, there is no known treatment for EEE at this the moment.
Spread of EEE in U.S.
The eastern part of the country has had the most reported cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, with multiple cases being reported. Some cities have provided an advisory to avoid any outdoor activity between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Other areas of the country have also issued a curfew and even canceled outdoor nightly events. Going outside during this time of day can be extremely risky, and the outbreak of Triple E has left many people on edge.
Triple E Prevention
There are several ways you can better protect yourself against mosquitoes and the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis while still enjoying your yard.
- Wear long sleeve tops and pants, as well as closed toed shoes
- Wear light color clothing
- Spray yourself with insect repellent
- Make sure the windows and doors to your home are closed
- Avoid drinking beer and make sure to shower more frequently
As cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) continue to rise in the United States it is important to protect yourself and your property against mosquitoes. You can contact Mosquito Hunters of Kirkwood-Webster Groves to learn about our mosquito control services and treat your entire yard for mosquitoes.
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