The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 29, 2008

EEE seen in two towns

Mosquitoes have recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in southeastern Massachusetts in the towns of Carver and Berkley. State Department of Public Health officials report that EEE is much less common than West Nile Virus (WNV), another disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. However, the symptoms of EEE are often more severe than WNV and can be fatal. Mosquito populations will remain sizable until after hard frosts.

No horses or humans have been reported with EEE in the state in 2008. No human cases were reported last year, but between 2004 - 2006 there were 13 cases with six deaths in the state. ∆

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